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Worldwide Space Agencies

Every nation benefits from communications satellites, weather satellites, and other space-based activities, but only a handful actively participate in the grand adventure of outer space. Most Americans know that Russia and the China have space programs, but how many would know that Brazil builds and launches sounding rockets and has sent astronauts to the International Space Station, or that South Africa just founded its own program?

For information on NASA's policies on cooperating with other space agencies, please look at International Cooperation in Space. The NASA HQ library also has resource lists for the space programs of Brazil, India, Japan, Russia, China, and South Korea, so these programs are not included here. The European Space Agency has its own resource list, but as its members can act independently of the ESA, several of Europe's major players are listed here. If you are a NASA HQ employee, please consider subscribing to our news alerts to keep up with the latest news.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public, contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Directories/International Argentina Australia Canada Denmark France Germany
Indonesia Iran Israel Italy Malaysia The Netherlands North Korea Norway
South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Taiwan The Ukraine United Kingdom


Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific. April 3, 2012 [April 6, 2012].
International Astronautical Federation. April 4, 2012. [April 6, 2012].
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. April 2, 2012. [April 6, 2012].
Bond, Peter (ed.). Jane's Space Systems and Industry, 2008-2009. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Alexandria, VA: Jane's Information Group, 2008. ISBN: 9780710628572
TL787 .J28 2008-2009 READY-REF
Burleson, Daphne. Space Programs Outside the United States: All Exploration and Research Efforts, Country by Country. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005. ISBN: 0786418524
TL788.3 .B961 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Harvey, Brian, Henk H. F. Smid, and Theo Pirard. Emerging Space Powers: The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South America. [Berlin: New York]: Springer; Chichester, UK: Praxis Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 9781441908735
TL789.8 .A853 H378 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Isakowitz, Steven J., Joshua B. Hopkins, and Joseph P. Hopkins, Jr. International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2004. ISBN: 156347591X
TL785.8 .L3 I83 2004 READY-REF
Satnews. International Satellite Directory, 2008: The Complete Guide to the Satellite Communications Industry. Sonoma, CA: Satnews Publishers, 2008. ISBN: 0936361395
TL796 I61 2008 READY-REF
Space Foundation. The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity. Colorado Springs, CO: Space Foundation, 2008. ISBN: 0978999312
TL788.3 .S732 2008 BOOKSTACKS
Wilson, Andrew (ed.). Jane's Space Directory. Coulsdon, Surrey, UK: Alexandria, VA: Jane's Information Group, 2006. ISBN: 071062767X
TL787 .I57 2006/2007 READY-REF


National Commission on Space Activities. Sept. 21, 2011. [April 6, 2012].


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). April 6, 2012. [April 6, 2012].


Canadian Space Agency (CSA). March 6, 2012. [April 6, 2012].
Shepherd, Gordon G. Canada's Fifty Years in Space: The COSPAR Anniversary. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Apogee Books, 2008. ISBN: 9781894959728
TL789.8 .C3 S54 2008 BOOKSTACKS


National Space Institute. Nov. 30, 2011. [April 6, 2012]


CNES - Centre National D'Etudes Spatiales. March 29, 2012. [April 9, 2012].


German Aerospace Center. April 5, 2012. [April 6, 2012].


LAPAN. April 9, 2012. [April 9, 2012].


Iranian Space Agency. Feb. 6, 2012. [April 9, 2012].


Israel Space Agency. 2009. [April 9, 2012].


Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. March 8, 2012. [April 9, 2012].


ANGKASA. 2012. [April 9, 2012].

The Netherlands

National Aerospace Laboratory. April 5, 2012 [April 9, 2012].

North Korea

Korean Committee of Space Technology. (No Website)
Pinkston, Daniel. "North and South Korean Space Development: Prospects for Cooperation and Conflict", Astropolitics, vol. IV, no. 2 (Aug. 2006), p. 207-227.


Norwegian Space Centre. March 21, 2011. [April 9, 2012].

South Africa

South African National Space Agency. 2010. [April 9, 2012].
Gottschalk, Keith. "South Africa's Space Program", Astropolitics, vol. VIII, no, 1 (Jan. 2010), p. 35-48.

South Korea

Korea Aerospace Research Institute. June 27, 2010 [April 9, 2012].
Pinkston, Daniel. "North and South Korean Space Development: Prospects for Cooperation and Conflict", Astropolitics, vol. IV, no. 2 (Aug. 2006), p. 207-227.


Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial (INTA). 2011. [April 9, 2012].
Dorado, Jose M. Spain in Space: A Short History of Spanish Activity in the Space Sector. Noordwijk, Netherlands: ESA Publications Division, 2002 ISBN: 9290925345.
TL789.8 .S72 D67 2002 BOOKSTACKS


Swedish National Space Board. March 16, 2012 [April 9, 2012].
Swedish Space Corporation. April 2, 2012 [April 9, 2012].


National Space Program Office. April 5, 2012. [April 9, 2012].

The Ukraine

National Space Agency of Ukraine. March 23, 2012 [April 9, 2012]

United Kingdom and the Isle of Man

UK Space Agency. April 4, 2012 [April 9, 2012].
Spaceisle.com. 2011 [April 9, 2012].

Last Updated: April 2012