Should Space Be Part of a Development Strategy? Reflections Based Upon the Brazilian Experience

Nakao Nakahodo, Sidney

Brazil and Africa share deep historical, social, and cultural roots. They have also faced similar challenges in their development path. As it strived to become one of the world’s largest economies during the second half of the 20th century, the South American giant confronted many of the problems African nations encounter today. Space activities took off during that period, initially motivated by national security and prestige. Civilian applications and, more recently, commercial businesses, gained momentum over time. Drawing from Brazil’s experience, this article offers reflections for nations in Africa and elsewhere seeking to promote space as part of a development strategy.

Keywords: commercial space, space markets, space science, space policy

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School of International and Public Affairs
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August 26, 2022