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Economic consequences of commercial space operationsThe potential economic benefits generated from increased industry involvement and investment in space activities and the subsequent cost implications are discussed. A historical overview of commercial industry involvement in space is given and sources of new economic growth in space are discussed. These include communications satellites, small satellites, positioning and navigation services, space transportation and infrastructure, remote sensing, and materials processing in space such as the manufacturing of protein crystals and zeolites. Macroeconomic trends and principles such as limits on technology trade, eased restrictions on international joint ventures, foreign investments in U.S. firms, and increased foreign competition are discussed. Earth observations and mapping are considered. Opportunities for private sector involvement in building space infrastructure and space transportation are highlighted.
Document ID
19910029490
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Stone, Barbara A. (NASA Office of Commercial Programs Washington, DC, United States)
Wood, Peter W. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1990
Subject Category
ECONOMICS AND COST ANALYSIS
Report/Patent Number
IAF PAPER 90-609
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other