Every major space-faring nation
that can track a satellite and launch into outer space has the means to mess up a satellite," space security expert and co-founder of the Stimson Center think tank Michael Krepon told CNBC.
The newly set-up UAE Space Agency will send a clear message to the world affirming our status as a space-faring nation
in which the space sector is playing a major role in the country's sustainable economic development and growth," concluded AlAhbabi.
The importance of status as a space-faring nation
comes from two sources: not having to rely on others for access to the benefits of space assets, and prestige that can translate into geopolitical influence.
But it largely lacks the force of law, since no space-faring nation
has signed it.
For the world's greatest space-faring nation
, this is hard to accept.
He said: "We'll take this opportunity to congratulate you Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation
who truly empowered this incredible spacecraft, which for three decades has inspired millions around the globe.
The Bigelow Aerospace official said the UAE could sidestep the exorbitant costs, which hovered between $20million and $80 million per mission, according to conservative estimates, and could also leap over other nations in its quest to become a space-faring nation
As a leading space-faring nation
, the United States remains committed to
It would have a council on which every space-faring nation
or nations otherwise involved with a space would be guaranteed a seat, with limited seats reserved for developing nations.
We have been a space-faring nation
for 50 years, yet we find ourselves reengaging on first principles, many of which were established long ago by the Outer Space Treaty and our National Space Policies.
The Shenzhou 5 flight will carry only one 'taikonaut' in its bid to make China the world's third space-faring nation
Smith argues that each element of a state's space activity must be nurtured to assure progress as a space-faring nation