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Should the world adopt an international space organization, independent of national budgets?

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Millions of dollars, euros, pounds, crowns etc. are spent annually on space programmes by usually national space organizations - NASA, JAXA, CSA, to name just a few. The question lies, whether it is efficient to have so many organizations that can (but do not have to) cooperate? Is it favourable? Shouldn´t we fuse all these organizations into one with coherent programme aims just like many European countries did when they formed ESA?

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  • An international space organization would hamper competition. - While cooperation on the international level is generally a good idea (as is demonstrated right now with the construction of the ISS), competition has been a strong driving force behind the development of space technology (and many other human endeavours) in the past. It was the "space race" between the US and the Soviet Union that brought the pace of development of space technology to a level never seen before or since. It is China's advancement in space technology that spurred America's desire to go back to Moon (and beyond). The idea of one large, international space agency from its very principle precludes any possibility of such a competition. In short, monopoly is bad.





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