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NewSpace: The Emerging Commercial Space IndustryWe are at a turning point in the history of space exploration and development, where new industries are being born to use space in non-traditional ways. Established state-run industrial space sector is no longer the only game in town; commercial space is becoming competitive. Many new entrepreneurial companies, such as SpaceX, Deep Space Industries, etc. are developing new markets, such as Orbital, Suborbital, and Deep Space. Together, government and private industry can facilitate the birth of this new industry. The U.S. national policy on commercial space is to develop a robust and competitive U.S. commercial space sector and to energize competitive domestic industries to participate in global markets. NASA can do this by purchasing and using commercial space capabilities and services; exploring the use of nontraditional arrangements for acquiring space capabilities and services; refraining from activities that preclude, discourage, or compete with commercial space activities; and pursuing opportunities to transfer some functions to the commercial space sector, where beneficial. Commercial space must be competitive, while the government has other priorities such as safety, jobs, etc.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Martin, Gary
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
February 24, 2017
Publication Date
February 22, 2017
Subject Category
Law, Political Science And Space Policy
Space Transportation And Safety
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: ISU Master Class Lecture
Location: Strasbourg
Country: France
Start Date: February 22, 2017
Sponsors: International Space Univ., Inc.
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 736466.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
emerging industry
new markets
Commercial space
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