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The past, present, and future of the Brazil-U.S. space collaboration

Nakao Nakahodo, Sidney; Fonseca, Lucas M.

The Cold War helped launch the Space Race, motivating other nations to engage in space activities. Among them was Brazil, one of the first countries in the developing world that attempted to create launching capabilities. Despite a promising start, the South American giant has faced challenges to realize its space potential. The fast expansion of commercial space and the growing role of the space domain in global security have created opportunities for reinvigorating the sector. The chapter analyzes the recent developments in the Brazilian space sector and discusses potential implications for the U.S. in defense, commerce, and exploration. It also outlines proposals for streamlining joint initiatives, supporting deep space missions, and fostering economic development and innovation.

Keywords: Space, New Space, Defense, Brazil

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School of International and Public Affairs
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August 26, 2022


This draft is a chapter of an upcoming book undergoing revision (latest update: August 2022).