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Why CSD is Possible

Page history last edited by Tony Mercer 12 years, 2 months ago

 This is our page on Commercial Space Deveopment and why it is possible for Commercial Space to become a reality, now.


It is divided into 6 main divisions:

     Current Market Analysis and Segmentation

     Demand for Commercial Space Products

     NewSpace Company business profiles

     Quality of Commercial Space Products vs Government Products

     Catalysts and Retardants for Commercial Space Growth

     Case Study: Development of the Airline Industry of the early 1900's



 demands.pptx: by Kenji - An outline of where demand for space products come from


 Preliminary Catalysts and Obstacles.doc by Michelle Perez

This is a very rough draft of some of the possible catalysts and obstacles or retardants for Commerical Space



 Why is commercial space possible_Aviation Analog .doc by Michelle Sybouts

-- a preliminary look at the development of the airline industry as an analog to a commercial space industry.  To be completed soon.

 airline analog.ppt by Michelle Sybouts

-- a brief diagram summary of aviation analog


 space_industry_overview_rough.doc by Tony Mercer

Some initial descriptions and numbers about the space industry

Comments (2)

Tony Mercer said

at 9:36 pm on Jul 8, 2008

So Kenji has submitted an outline of where demand comes from, please comment and add any thoughts of other places demand comes from. Next is the research for investment and dollar figures.

Bradley Cheetham said

at 8:04 am on Jul 9, 2008

For demainds - don't forget scientific data. I would say that should be in the class of products derived from space. I definitely see the day in the near future where a private rover on the Moon sells scientific data to researchers on Earth.

For catalysts - note that space tourism is important because its something you can't do on Earth. You can't put someone in a simulator, you have to send them to space. This is important because other space industry catalysts in the past have been replaced by things on Earth that were cheaper.

Be careful talking about the NASA budget its very complicated. Remember the vision was done expecting very little increase in the budget (hence its taking 20 years to get back to the moon) so i'm not sure thats truly a catalyst. I could almost make the counter argument that compared to other discretionary spending - the NASA budget has bee increasing instead of decreasing - this shows that the government believes in the vision and that as a country there is support for space activities. This would be a catalyst because space entrepreneurs could point to this support in seeking funding or assistance.

Two questions: Did NASA ever form the advisory committee that Bush mentioned in your quote? If so what have they done and who is included on the board?
Is HEDS an active program or something that was done in the 90s and cut?

Obstacles -
Legal issues mean companies must hire lawyers and expense some small start-up companies just can't afford.

Return on investment. There have been very few exits where space companies/investors have 'cashed out' if someone asking for money could point to an example where a similar company provided a return on investment by selling their company or going public or something - that would be great... but right now there are few examples

So are we for or against space act agreements?

Please disagree and challenge these opinions!!

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