Cooperation or Security - The Emergence of Space Programs in Latin America

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A.B. Godefroy (2003), JBIS, 56, 405-416

Refcode: 2003.56.405
Keywords: Latin America, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, space history, space power, launch, security

Traditionally, Latin America has been labeled a “Third World” region, yet when one examines its various space programs the handle hardly applies. Both Argentina and Brazil received superpower assistance during the early Cold War period to develop indigenous rocketry and space capabilities that continue to evolve today. More recently, other Latin American countries have also taken advantage of the many capabilities that space power provides. However, cooperation and development in Latin America continue to be influenced by politics and security issues, an inescapable aspect of the region's history. These factors combined have had a considerable impact on the emergence of space programs in Latin America.

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