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Strategies For Human Exploration Leading To Human Colonization of SpaceEnabling the commercial development of space is key to the future colonization of space and key to a viable space exploration program. Without commercial development following in the footsteps of exploration it is difficult to justify and maintain public interest in the efforts. NASA's exploration program has suffered from the lack of a good commercial economic strategy for decades. Only small advances in commercial space have moved forward, and only up to Earth orbit with the commercial satellite industry. A way to move beyond this phase is to begin the establishment of human commercial activities in space in partnership with the human exploration program. In 2007 and 2008, the authors researched scenarios to make space exploration and commercial space development more feasible as part of their graduate work in the Space Architecture Program at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. Through this research it became apparent that the problems facing future colonization are much larger than the technology being developed or the international missions that our space agencies are pursuing. These issues are addressed in this paper with recommendations for space exploration, commercial development, and space policy that are needed to form a strategic plan for human expansion into space. In conclusion, the authors found that the current direction in space as carried out by our space agencies around the world is definitely needed, but is inadequate and incapable of resolving all of the issues that inhibit commercial space development. A bolder vision with strategic planning designed to grow infrastructures and set up a legal framework for commercial markets will go a long way toward enabling the future colonization of space.
Document ID
20090037579
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Smitherman, David
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Everett, Harmon
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
September 14, 2009
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
M09-0209
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
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