What is Russia’s Game?

In my iSETI Report (Reaching the Stars: Interstellar Space Exploration Technology Initiative) I had suggested that Russia would be the main driver of Brazil’s space program. I had underestimated economic forces. I had correctly forecasted Russia as a main player in other nations’ space programs, but underestimated how many. Both China (Chinese Space Program: Perspective From Moscow) and now India (Putin Clears Space Pact With India), have received a leg up from Russia.

The key question is “What is Russia’s Game?”. There are a two possible scenarious.

Is Russia trying to build an international space market that is friendly to Russian technology? That objective is short lived, as both China and India are well capable of reaching technological status quo with Russia? US-Japan technology relationships is evidence of this.

Or is this a political strategy? A sort of reverse Reagan cold war tactic? Is Russia trying to swamp the US “space leadersip” (if there is such a thing right now) with the combined strenghts of other nations’ economic capabilities? If not the current leadership, is Russia trying to thwart any future US space leadership?

 Ben Solomon

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About Benjamin Solomon
Ben Solomon is a Committee Member of the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), and author of An Introduction to Gravity Modification and Super Physics for Super Technologies: Replacing Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger & Einstein (with Kindle Version)

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