DISPARITY IN SPACE PROGRAMS OF THE TWO SUPERPOWERS: THE STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS

Authors
  1. Salsky, G.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract
The paper analyses the causes and the possible strategic implications of the Soviet seven-fold numerically higher space launching rate than that of the US. It establishes that the numerical launch advantage has not given the USSR any tangible superiority in space. The Soviets are ahead of the Americans, however, in anti-satellite capabilities and space station experience primarily because of the US apparent reluctance to commit funds necessary for the same. Some examples of the US budgetary constraints have been reviewed in some detail of the purpose of determining their impact on the American space projects and brief comparison has been made of American and Soviet decision-making procedures. The paper concludes that the Soviet superiority in antisatellite capabilities and space station experience may be offset and probably overcome through the US exploitation of the successes and potential of the Space Shuttle.
Report Number
EXTRA-MURALPAP-18 —
Date of publication
15 Dec 1981
Number of Pages
53
DSTKIM No
82-01454
CANDIS No
36018
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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