List of Space Agencies across the World

List of Space Agencies across the World

Several space agencies have been working for the advancement of technologies all over the world. They have themselves fabricated and designed a variety of machines or space engines to understand the features of space and different planets, especially our own planet Earth. These space engines help in tendering our Earth in a better way. Government agencies are engaged in ventures related to external space and space exploration. The space agencies design them in a way that it is capable of computing, recognizing and figuring out the principal topographical or physical features of space and space researches related to Earth and other planets as well. The most famous space agency known till now is NASA, ISRO, etc. 

List of Space agencies across the world

Country or RegionAgencyAbbreviation
United StatesNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNASA
RussiaRussian Federal Space AgencyRFSA
RussiaRoscosmos State Corporation for Space ActivitiesRoscosmos
EuropeEuropean Space AgencyESA
JapanJapan Aerospace Exploration AgencyJAXA
FranceCentre national d’études spatiales (National Centre for Space StudiesCNES
GermanyDeutsches Zentrum für Luftund Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center)DLR
ItalyAgenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italian Space Agency)ASI
ChinaChina National Space AdministrationCNSA
IndiaIndian Space Research OrganisationISRO
CanadaCanadian Space AgencyCSA
United KingdomUK Space AgencyUKSA
South KoreaKorea Aerospace Research InstituteKARI
AlgeriaAlgerian Space AgencyASA
UkraineState Space Agency of UkraineSSAU
ArgentinaComision Nacional de Actividades EspacialesCoNAE
IranIranian Space Agency and Iranian Space Research CenterISA and ISRC
SpainInstituto Nacional de Técnica AeroespacialINTA
NetherlandsNetherlands Space OfficeNSO
SwedenSwedish National Space BoardSNSB
BrazilAgência Espacial Brasileira (Brazilian Space Agency)AEB
PakistanSpace and Upper Atmosphere Research CommissionSUPARCO
South AfricaSouth African National Space AgencySANSA
SwitzerlandSwiss Space OfficeSSO
MexicoAgencia Espacial Mexicana (Mexican Space Agency)AEM
BelarusBelarus Space AgencyBSA
Costa RicaAsociación Centroamericana de Aeronáutica yel Espacio (Central American Association for                                                                   Aeronautics and Space)ACAE
InternationalAsia Pacific Regional Space Agency ForumAPRSAF
BahrainBahrain’s National Space Science AgencyNSSA
VenezuelaAgencia Bolivariana para Actividades Espaciales  Pacific Regional Space Agency ForumABAE
ColombiaComisión Colombiana del Espacio (Colombian Space Commission)CCE
SingaporeCentre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and ProcessingCRISP
PolandPolska Agencja Kosmiczna (Polish Space Agency)POLSA
United NationsUnited Nations Office for Outer Space AffairsUNOOSA

 Functions of Space Agencies 

The national target of space agencies is to obtain benefits particularly connected with space activities. And to reach the target, it requires to overcome the challenges like:

  1. Space puts high demands in terms of technology, science, management.
  2. National capabilities in these areas need to be mobilised and developed.
  3. Useful inclusion of national capacities into international cooperation.
  4. Agencies should evaluate how far to expand the original scope of topics, i.e. how far they should be involved in security, telecom, meteorology, Earth observation services, etc.

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Space agencies are mainly responsible for handling edge-cutting “R&D” programmes (typically inspection, scientific research in space, human-made spaceflight) as a mandatory condition to certify the future space-ensued welfare to natives. On the other hand, agencies brace an attempt of governmental users to erect, to employ and to use advanced space-oriented systems and services but not financial or decisional management.

National public finances are to be used efficiently and for national interests. It results in the creation of a national central body dedicated to space activities. Although both types of agencies have the same main target, federal agencies are not the same. They differ in size, span of actions, legal esteem, liabilities and financing model.

Another same function of the space agencies is to make it sure that through a national agency, the country rebukes with a sole voice in all international forum which is sponsored by single universal budget for all space activities. The ultimate success in sticking out to the target does not rely on the name “agency” instead of on the internal quality of job and external conditions namely- getting accepted and respected across the governmental level, having an exact specification of goals, i.e. national policy. The federal space agency is a valuable national asset if it operates well as a part of overall national infrastructure for innovation.

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