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Capability, influence and international collaboration : a case study of the telecommunications satellite Vos, Lynn L


This thesis examines the evolution of telecommunications satellite technology since its functional inauguration a quarter century ago in order to draw some conclusions about how the distribution of capabilities affects collaboration for the use and development of global technologies. Collaboration is examined in three specific areas: collaboration for the design and development of satellite systems, for the launching of satellites, and for the use and allocation of the frequency spectrum and geostationary orbit. Special attention is given to the role of the United States in shaping collaboration in these three areas. The findings indicate that the structure and nature of international collaboration is strongly affected by the distribution of capabilities among states but that an understanding of the specific character of that collaboration requires a knowledge of other factors particular to the technology in question.

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