The asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, consists of a large number of rocky and metallic bodies that vary in size from small boulders to objects that are hundreds of kilometers in diameter. While often portrayed as a densely packed region in popular culture, the asteroid belt is actually quite sparse, with vast distances separating individual asteroids. Nonetheless, this region presents significant opportunities for scientific research, mineral extraction, and commercial ventures. This article reviews the characteristics of the asteroid belt and discusses its growing importance in the realm of the space economy.Read More The Asteroid Belt and Its Relevance to the Space Economy
The proliferation of national space agencies across the globe is a noteworthy trend. This phenomenon is not confined to major powers but extends to smaller nations as well. Understanding this trend necessitates an exploration of the technological, economic, strategic, and geopolitical factors at play.Read More The Expansion of National Space Agencies: An Analysis
The report discusses the Indian space program’s history, drivers, and its impact on the global space market. The Indian space program is one of the oldest in the world and has played a critical role in India’s national development and external power projection capability. The program is known for its low-cost launches and has sent missions to the Moon and Mars. The paper identifies three main drivers for India’s space program: nationalism, entrepreneurship, and national security.Read More Report: Indian Space Program and its Drivers: Possible Implications for the Global Space Market (ESGI 2022)
The report highlights the increasing commercialization and privatization of the Indian space sector.Read More Report: Space India 2.0: Commerce, Policy, Security, and Governance Perspectives (ORF 2017)
The notion of tax havens has long been associated with exotic locations on Earth where individuals and corporations can store wealth to minimize their tax liabilities. But as humankind increasingly looks to outer space as the next frontier for exploration and commercialization, an intriguing question arises: could space become the new go-to location for offshore accounts? This article explores the feasibility, legal implications, and ethical considerations of such a scenario.Read More Tax Havens in Space: A New Frontier for Offshore Accounts?