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The 1980s
 
1980
 
Creation of Arianespace, the world’s first commercial transportation company (26 March), and the launch of India’s first satellite (18 July)

Articles

K. ISERLAND
“Ten years of Arianespace”
Space Policy, Volume 6, Issue 4, November 1990, pp. 341-343.


J. VASANT, B. N. SURESH
“History of roketry in India”
Acta Astronautica, Volume 65, Issues 11-12, December 2009, pp.
1515-1519.

S. F. von WELCK
“India’s space policy: A developing country in the ‘club’” Space Policy, Volume 3, Issue 4, November 1987, pp. 326-334.

Useful links

Arianespace website

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)  
 
1981
 
First Space Shuttle mission (12 November)

Books

T. A. HEPPENHEIMER
“The Space Shuttle Decision: NASA’s Search for a Reusable Space Vehicle”
NASA History Office, Office of Policy and Plans, Washington, D.C. 1999.

Articles

J. M. LOGSDON
“The decision to develop the Space Shuttle”
Space Policy, Volume 2, Issue 2, May 1986, pp. 103-119.

Useful links

NASA History website on the Space Shuttle
 
 
1982
 
The UNISPACE ’82 and the creation of SPOT Image for the first commercial use of satellites’ data

Books

“UNISPACE ’82: A Context for International Cooperation and Competition. A Technical Memorandum”
Congress of the United States, March 1983.

Articles

J. G. ROEDERER
“The participation of developing countries in space research”
Space Policy, Volume 1, Issue 3, August 1985, pp. 311-317.

Useful links

CNES website on SPOT satellites

SPOT Image website
 
 
1983
 
The launch of the first satellite of the Russia’s satellite navigation system GLONASS

Useful links

GLONAS website
 
 
1986
 

 
The tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger (28 January), the launch of the Soviet space station Mir (20 February) and the Reykjavik Summit (11-12 October)

Documents

The “Reykjavik File” (previously Secret Documents from U.S. and Soviet Archives on the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit)
George Washington University website

Books

J. D. MILLER
“The Challenger accident and public opinion: Attitudes towards the space programme in the USA”
Space Policy, Volume 3, Issue 2, May 1987, pp. 122-140.

W. STUTZL, B. JASANI, R. COWEN (ed.)
“The ABM treaty: To defend or not to defend?”
SIPRI, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1987.

J. J. TRENTO
“Prescription for Disaster: From the Glory of Apollo to the Betrayal of the Shuttle” Crown Pubs., New York, 1987.

Articles

J. DAHLITZ
“A language for arms control in space”
Space Policy, Volume 3, Issue 1, February 1987, pp. 17-23.

Useful links

BBC on Mir

BBC on this day: 28 January 1986

BBC on this day: 20 February 1986

BBC on this day: 12 October 1986

NASA History Programme Office on the Challenger accident
 
 
1988
 
Israel launches its first satellite (19 September)

Useful links

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affaires on the beginning of Israel’s space program
 
 
1989
 

 
The establishment of ECSL( 12 May) and the reunification of Germany (9 November)

Documents

European Parliament Resolution on the situation in the German Democratic Republic (12 October 1989)

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Books

C. VOUTE
“Deutsche weltraumpolitik an der Jahrhundertschwelle (German space policy at the threshold of the century): Analyse und Vorschläge für die Zukunft. Bericht einer Expertengruppe (Analysis and Proposals for the Future. Report of an Expert Group)
Karl Kaiser, Vorsitz (Chairman), Stephan Frhr. von Welck, Wiss. Referent (Scientific Rapporteur) Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.,Bonn, 1986.

Articles

S. HOBE, M. SPUDE
“Impact of unification on German space activities”
Space Policy, Volume 7, Issue 4, November 1991, pp. 223-227.

G. LAFFERANDERIE
“The European Centre for Space Law initiative”
ECSL Newsletter, n. 1, April 1989.

Useful links

ECSL Newsletter
 
 
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