Young addresses theimpressive expansion across existing and developing commercial space business markets, withmultiple private companiescompeting in thepayload launch services sector.The author pinpoints the new markets, technologies, and players in the industry, aswell as highlighting the overallreasons why it is important for us to develop space. NASA now relies on commercial partners to supply cargo and crew spacecraft and services to and from the International Space Station. The sizes of satellites are diminishing and their capabilities expanding, while costs to orbit are decreasing. Suborbital space tourism holds the potential of new industries and jobs. Commercial space exploration of the Moon and the planets also holds promise. All this activity is a catalyst for anyone interested injoining the developing space industry, from students and researchersto engineers andentrepreneurs. As more and more satellites and rockets are launched and the business of space is expanding at a significant pace, it isincreasinglyimportant for scientists and engineers of many disciplines to understand how the business evolved and where it is continuing to develop. The growing field is fully explored in this concise overview to the players in this changing landscape.
About the Author
Anthony Young is the author of Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars (2007) and The Saturn V F-1 Engine: Powering Apollo into History (2009) both published by Springer. He has been a regular contributor to the online weekly The Space Review since 2004, writing on space policy and commercial space business.
Young is founder and president of Personal Spaceflight Advisors LLC, which advises high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals in determining and achieving their goals in suborbital and low-Earth orbital personal spaceflight. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design.
Table of ContentsThe Emergence of Commercial Space Business in the 21st Century.- Game Changer: Space X.- New Rockets and New Launch Methods.- NASA’s Commercial Cargo and Commercial Crew Programs.- The Small Satellite Industry – Lowering the costs to Low Earth Orbit.- Space Tourism.- Commercial Space: Catalyst to students in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM).