The USSR and satellite communications. Competition and cooperation

John Downing*

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This article examines the USSR's satellite communications provision in the international arena. The author first outlines the Intercosmos programme, collaboration between the USSR and France and India, and maritime satellite communications. He then discusses in detail the INTERSPUTNIK system, and Soviet international coverage and competitiveness in television. In conclusion, the complex interaction and overlap between cooperation and competition in space is explained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-262
Number of pages13
JournalSpace Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


  • Third World
  • USSR
  • television satellites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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