Space Industry. Industry Study, Spring 2009
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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With more than 50 years of achievements, the U.S. space industry has an unparalleled record of success ranging from landing on the moon to providing telecom access to the remote reaches of the world. However, the glamour of this industry has gone beyond the notion of Rocket Science to that of a competitive, investment based, growth industry with an expectation of business, technology, and process innovation. The time of technology innovation solely supported by government expenditures, as was the case with expeditions to the moon and the reusable space shuttle program, have long given way to satellite system technologies that provide demand-based goods and services for commercial consumers, civil agencies, and governments alike. The overall U.S. space industry is healthy today. Especially encouraging are areas of innovation related to space launch, operationally responsive space, and space tourism. This Space Industry Study Report examines the current state of the U.S. Space Industry, its challenges, an outlook of the future, and the role of government. It also makes several recommendations to U.S. space policy, to education, and for industry.
- Unmanned Spacecraft