Using the ISS for Capacity Building in Developing Countries

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E. Offiong (2011), JBIS, 64, 275-279

Refcode: 2011.64.275
Keywords: International Space Station, International Space University

In 2010, it was agreed by partner nations, that the life of the International Space Station (ISS) be extended to at least 2020. This is to enable more utilization of the resources, both human and material, that have being invested in the building of the space station. Also, there is discussion for the participation of other nations in the utilization of the facility. This is in line with the Human Space Technology Initiative being developed by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

This paper outlines the opportunities available for developing countries in the ISS. It shows the benefits of participation in the project. Such participation also comes with challenges for both existing partners and new entrants. The paper also shows how such partnership with existing partners can be worked out and other strategies for developing countries.

The ISS is useful for space education, outreach and awareness. It contributes to scientific research and capacity building. It is also a medium for international cooperation and world peace. In the long-run, the extension of the life of the ISS and the inclusion of new partners, especially from developing countries, is for the benefit of humanity.

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