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The Commercialization of Space

The Commercialization of Space

by L. B. Taylor Jr.

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Gr 10-12 The story of the Commercialization of Space begins with the visions and corresponding governmental policies of the 1960s and 1970s. The transfer from government to the private sector is likened to the development of commercial aviation. Future possiblities of the space industry are presented in detail in its various aspectssatellite communications and resource prospecting, spinoffs, orbital manufacturing, space mining, production of new energy resources, and space stations as permanent complexes in themselves as well as waystations to interplanetary travel. The emphasis is on how government and industry cooperate to effect projects rather than the hardware and technology employed to accomplish them. Taylor writes well but for better readers, and the illustrations are almost dispensible. The space shuttle issue is handled poorly. References casually note the possiblities for passengers from the private sector, and a section on the difficulties of space insurance seemingly callously notes that ``rockets occasionally still blow up.'' The Challenger disaster is mentioned only in an author's note near the end of the discussion, and one wonders if the optimistic tone is appropriate. These considerations detract from an otherwise excellent presentation. Dennis Ford, Canandaigua Junior Academy, N.Y.

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