Emerging national space launch programs [electronic resource] : economics and safeguards / Brian G. Chow
- Chow, Brian G.
- Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1993.
- Physical Description:
- 67 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
- Additional Creators:
- National Defense Research Institute (U.S.). International Security and Defense Strategy Program
United States. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
- Restrictions on Access:
- License restrictions may limit access.
- Most ballistic missile nonproliferation studies have focused on trends in the numbers and performance of missiles and the resulting security threats. This report concentrates on the economic viability and safeguard feasibility of Third World emerging space launch programs. The report finds that their costs cannot be recouped from space launch business. If the United States and other major launch providers give these programs technical assistance, the economic loss and technical difficulties will be reduced, enhancing their chances for continuing. This report also finds that it is not possible to safeguard space launch programs against technical transfers to ballistic missile development. Therefore, it concludes that if the United States and other nations wish to slow the proliferation of ballistic missiles, they should not assist these emerging launch programs. At the same time, if nations with only emerging launch programs at this time terminate their programs, they will not have missed an opportunity for lucrative profits.
- "National Defense Research Institute"--Cover.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
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