The space industry is entering a new era of expanded freedom of opportunity to compete unencumbered by government agendas. This freedom carries a price. The political subsidy culture of the past is dying, so failure is not only possible, but likely for the unprepared and inefficient. For more casual observers, the overview of the currents in space commerce history will be invaluable in identifying space-related economic opportunities and will enable those more experienced in the field to reevaluate their future. The author informs the public of the potential that exists in space-related industries, while making it clear to practitioners that there is a new imperative coming into existence with the decline and marginality of NASA in commercial space. The future economic potential is projected in ways not always perceived by those immersed in day-to-day operations.
ROGER HANDBERG is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Space Policy and Law at the University of Central Florida. He has published work on space policy, science and technology policy in China, the United States Supreme Court, and criminal justice policy. He has been interviewed by both American and international media concerning his research.
List of Illustrations List of Acronyms Acknowledgments Introduction: Prospects for Private Enterprise: Building on the Past The Dark Side of Space Enterprise Recasting the Space Social Contract The Failures of Privatization: The Lessons from Landsat The Implications for the Internationalization of Space The Implications for the United States Aerospace Industry Reinventing NASA The Commercial Development of Space: Implications and Trends The Bright Side of Space Enterprise: Opportunities Peering Into the Future References