Directing vs. facilitating the economic development of low Earth orbit

Mazzucato, Mariana and Robinson, Douglas K R (2016) Directing vs. facilitating the economic development of low Earth orbit. In: MacDonald, Alexander and Besha, Patrick (eds.) Economic Development of Low Earth Orbit. NASA.gov, Washington, USA, pp. 113-130.

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with the shift away from NASA-centric development in low Earth orbit (LEO) toward an ecosystem with a mix of private, not-for-profit, and public actors. We focus on the question of whether NASA can and should direct the commercialization of LEO or whether its role should primarily be that of a facilitator. NASA has historically been the central definer of national space activities as a mission-oriented public agency with a clear ambition to direct innovation, not just to facilitate it. NASA’s role in LEO, however, is in the process of changing. We describe how public-private partnerships have created both tensions and opportunities for NASA. We consider how these tensions and opportunities may play out between now and the projected end of the International Space Station (ISS) and in terms of how such relationships can be built to support NASA in its mission to explore and develop the rest of the solar system beyond LEO.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
Depositing User: Caroline Cooper
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 13:56
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2020 14:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61963

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