Enabling the commercial space transportation industry at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
Winters, Nathan J.
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The focus of this paper is on how to energize the space industrial base as directed by the National Security Space Strategy of 2011. Using a case study of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), an analysis of how to enable the commercial space transportation industry will be discussed. A look at previous government ventures that have been privatized, along with the history of commercial space transportation, sets the stage for evaluating the future of the industry. An in-depth analysis of FAA and NASA regulation was done to compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of each and provide insight on the future regulation of the industry. Past launches, government funding, and future plans are all studied to determine a forecast for demand. Recommendations are provided to the MARS on how to enable their commercial space transportation industry and conclusions are drawn on the importance of the commercial space transportation industry to National Security.
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