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Commercial Space Capabilities and Market Overview: The Relationship Between Commercial Space Developments and the U.S. Department of Defense

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[Technical Report, Research Report]

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The U.S. Space Force USSF and U.S. Department of Defense DoD are examining and pursuing various ways to leverage commercial spacecapabilities as part of their policy goal to promote the U.S. space industry and their strategy for improving the national security space architecture. As the commercial space industry continues to grow in capability, capacity, and diversity, opportunities for the USSF and DoD to leverage commercial capabilities are expanding. Specifically, the USSF is considering the role of the commercial space industry in its future space architecture and the innovation ecosystem. It is faced with many choices, such as which commercial capability option to leverage or for which military application it should use commercial instead of organic space capabilities. In this report, the authors conduct a broad review of seven commercial space sectors satellite communications, space launch, remote sensing, environmental monitoring, space domain awareness, data transmitreceive networks, and space logisticsand characterize the capabilities and trends in each of them. The information gathered and included in this report is current as of June 15, 2020, and because of rapid changes in the commercial space industry, the authors also recommend sector-specific indicators to track future market developments.

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  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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[A, Approved For Public Release]