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Should national space agencies merge to a higher degree?
« on: January 07, 2017, 03:20:44 PM »
The EU (plus some non-EU members like Norway and Switzerland) has ESA as its space agency. This all makes sense, as European countries are too small to effectively run independent national space agencies.

With that in mind, would it make sense for space agencies around the world to merge? For example, why does the USA and Canada have separate space agencies? They are two culturally very similar countries with good relations, and to me it looks like a net win if NASA and CSA merged. It would mean more resources, and the combined space agency would have access to talent in both countries.

Another thing is, that when humanity eventually starts to seriously colonize space (maybe a few centuries ahead), I'd think it to be a positive if humanity as a whole did it, rather than various countries competing with each other to grab as much extraterrestial land as possible.

What do you think?
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Re: Should national space agencies merge to a higher degree?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 03:43:31 PM »
The EU (plus some non-EU members like Norway and Switzerland) has ESA as its space agency. This all makes sense, as European countries are too small to effectively run independent national space agencies.

With that in mind, would it make sense for space agencies around the world to merge? For example, why does the USA and Canada have separate space agencies? They are two culturally very similar countries with good relations, and to me it looks like a net win if NASA and CSA merged. It would mean more resources, and the combined space agency would have access to talent in both countries.

It makes a lot of sense. I can think of two reasons why not, though:

1. Competition fosters innovation (though this is an outdated reason; no "man on the moon" goals to foster competition right now)
 
2. Picking a person or committee to decide where the funding is going to go would be nigh impossible, and even if they did, there would forever be concerns about which countries are reaping the most benefit or getting their preferred projects selected.

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Another thing is, that when humanity eventually starts to seriously colonize space (maybe a few centuries ahead), I'd think it to be a positive if humanity as a whole did it, rather than various countries competing with each other to grab as much extraterrestial land as possible.

Totally. I doubt it will even be possible without a worldwide effort.
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Re: Should national space agencies merge to a higher degree?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2017, 04:01:24 PM »
In theory, yes.  In reality, I don't see Trump's administration seeking any sort of partnership with any external countries, for NASA or really anything.

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Re: Should national space agencies merge to a higher degree?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2017, 05:01:48 PM »
The EU (plus some non-EU members like Norway and Switzerland) has ESA as its space agency. This all makes sense, as European countries are too small to effectively run independent national space agencies.

With that in mind, would it make sense for space agencies around the world to merge? For example, why does the USA and Canada have separate space agencies? They are two culturally very similar countries with good relations, and to me it looks like a net win if NASA and CSA merged. It would mean more resources, and the combined space agency would have access to talent in both countries.

Another thing is, that when humanity eventually starts to seriously colonize space (maybe a few centuries ahead), I'd think it to be a positive if humanity as a whole did it, rather than various countries competing with each other to grab as much extraterrestial land as possible.

What do you think?

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Re: Should national space agencies merge to a higher degree?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2017, 06:57:49 PM »
Sounds like a way to increase the problem of dealing with governments that "change their minds" with each election and make it difficult to plan and work on the long term projects that space missions usually are.

 

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