Assisting Development across the African Continent Using Space Applications

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Jeffrey Osborne

International Space University

Monica Ebert

International Space University

Stavros Georgakas

International Space University

Rafael Hernandez

International Space University

Christopher Johnson

Secure World Foundation; Georgetown University Law Centre; International Space University

Hemil Modi

International Space University

Ricardo Topham

International Space University

Date Written: October 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper will present the conclusions of International Space University's 2012 Masters program Team Project on Space and Africa. Remote sensing applications, spin-off technologies, and even self-sustaining commercial industries can bring benefits to many countries. In addition to those countries with an already well-established space industry, there exists a need to demonstrate how space can be used in assisting in the sustained socio-economic development of underdeveloped or developing nations, and answering the question of how these applications or technologies can assist countries with little or no space development. The Identifying and Developing Effective Applications of Space for Africa (IDEAS for Africa) team from the 2011-2012 Masters program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, has assessed how space can contribute to improve the sustained social and economic development in Africa. Using three dissimilar African countries as examples, the IDEAS team proposes space spin-off technologies, satellite applications, and space business potentials applicable in fostering development. Each area: spin-off technologies, satellite applications, and space business potentials - was analyzed for each of the three example African nations. South Africa, Morocco, and Liberia were selected not only based on their respective levels of space development, but also because they differ geographically, socially, economically, and politically. Consequently, a broad comparative analysis can be performed by investigating the effects of space activities for these three selected countries. Additionally, due to the dissimilarity of the three countries, parallels can be drawn to other nations which are at comparable levels of development, to show how space can be used to drive development across the African continent.

Keywords: International Space University, Space Applications, Africa, Development, Remote Sensing, Spin-Offs,

Suggested Citation

Osborne, Jeffrey and Ebert, Monica and Georgakas, Stavros and Hernandez, Rafael and Johnson, Christopher and Modi, Hemil and Topham, Ricardo, Assisting Development across the African Continent Using Space Applications (October 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2194056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2194056

Jeffrey Osborne

International Space University ( email )

Parc d'Innovation
Ilkirch-Graffenstaden, Bas-Rhine 67400
France

Monica Ebert (Contact Author)

International Space University ( email )

Parc d'Innovation
Ilkirch-Graffenstaden, Bas-Rhine 67400
France

Stavros Georgakas

International Space University ( email )

Parc d'Innovation
Ilkirch-Graffenstaden, Bas-Rhine 67400
France

Rafael Hernandez

International Space University

Parc d'Innovation
Ilkirch-Graffenstaden, Bas-Rhine 67400
France

Christopher Johnson

Secure World Foundation ( email )

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Washington, DC 20036
United States
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Georgetown University Law Centre ( email )

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International Space University ( email )

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
202-568-6214 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.swfound.org/

Hemil Modi

International Space University ( email )

Parc d'Innovation
Ilkirch-Graffenstaden, Bas-Rhine 67400
France

Ricardo Topham

International Space University ( email )

Parc d'Innovation
Ilkirch-Graffenstaden, Bas-Rhine 67400
France

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