NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AFFORDED BY THE EMERGING COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT INDUSTRY

The following is a minor update of a white paper we prepared for the National Academy of Science’s Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space back in 2010. Most of our original recommendations are still relevant today, although we don’t see much hope of a rational outcome for the International Space Station.

Introduction

A new commercial human spaceflight industry is in the process of emerging. During the next decade, a range of commercial vehicles and facilities will become available. These vehicles and facilities can enable a range of scientific applications that have not been feasible or affordable in the past. Researchers and research organizations should take these vehicles and facilities into consideration when developing research plans, priorities, and roadmaps for the next decade.

Read more: New Opportunities for Scientific Research Afforded by the Emerging Commercial Spaceflight Industry — Citizens in Space.

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