India and Other Maturing Asian Space Enthusiasts
By the end of 2013, hopes were higher than for many decades that the world was seriously heading towards developing an important constituent of international space regime in the form of an International Code of Conduct to address the challenges of space security. Over the past few years the debate around a code of conduct has provided impetus for states to begin to understand and appreciate each other’s space programmes. It has also allowed developed states to realise the ambitions of smaller states in the space arena and provided them insight into how these states are overcoming the financial and technological challenges to realising their space dreams. To comprehend the interests of Asian states in space, this article analyses the space programme of one key player in the region, India, as well as the programmes of several other emerging space nations.