War on the Rocks
Is the United States losing the African space race?
Africa’s space programs account for a very small part of the world’s space activity. But the continent’s profile in space is growing, and if decision-makers in Washington don’t start paying closer attention to Africa’s orbital ambitions, the United States will see itself outpaced in this critical space race by China and Russia.
China, the US, India and Russia all feature repeatedly in this newsletter. Here Judd Devermont and Temidayo Oniosun look at the space industry in Africa, expected to grow rapidly, from an American perspective and wonder about an opportunity missed.