The VentureStar project was one of NASA’s most ambitious programs aimed at creating a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) reusable spacecraft. Conceptualized in the mid-1990s, the VentureStar was intended to replace the aging Space Shuttle fleet, promoting cost-efficiency, safety, and frequent access to space. However, despite its innovative vision, VentureStar never made it past the prototype stage due to technical challenges and budget constraints.
Read More The VentureStar Project: NASA’s Abandoned Hope for Reusable Spacecraft
This article provides a concise overview of publicly available global, national and regional space economy size estimates.
Read More Global, National and Regional Space Economy Size Estimates (February 26, 2022)
Within the realm of space exploration, one concept stands out not only for its innovative design but also for its multi-mission capability: NASA’s Nautilus-X. Officially known as the Nautilus-X Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle, this proposed spacecraft presented a compelling vision for the future of long-duration space missions.
Read More Nautilus-X: NASA’s Vision for Multi-Mission Space Exploration
This report reviews the literature and discusses the implications for creating artificial variable gravity habitats for humans in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and cis-lunar space.
Read More Report: A Review of Challenges and Opportunities – Variable and Partial Gravity for Human Habitats in LEO (2022)
Originally posted on February 26, 2022 @ 1:03 pm
Read More Planet Mars in Numbers (infographic)
The environment of space is remarkably different from that of Earth. It exposes astronauts to conditions of microgravity, increased radiation, isolation, and confinement, all of which can potentially affect the physical and psychological well-being of space travelers. This article reviews the physiological and psychological effects that long-term space flight can have on the human body.
Read More Planning Crewed Missions to Mars: Understanding the Effects of Long-Term Space Flight on the Human Body
The policy brief contains an examination of the extraordinary changes under way in outer space and an assessment of the sustainability, safety and security impacts of these changes on present and future governance. The brief also contains an outline of major trends that are impacting space sustainability and the positive impact that these trends could have on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Also contained in the brief is an outline of major trends affecting the security of outer space activities and the risks to humanity that could materialize if these challenges are not solved. Lastly, it provides a practical set of governance recommendations for maximizing the opportunities of outer space while minimizing short-term and long-term risks.
Read More Report: For All Humanity – the Future of Outer Space Governance (UN 2023)
This article provides a detailed examination of the risks faced by pioneers on Mars. The purpose is not to overshadow the achievement of reaching Mars, but rather to highlight the reality of the situation – the hard work is just beginning.
Read More Existential Threats That the Mars Colonists Will Face
The National Space Policy outlines New Zealand’s values and objectives on space. It is a key tool to help officials across government inform space policy development and undertake engagements on space in New Zealand and internationally.
Read More Report: New Zealand National Space Policy (2023)
In the growing space economy, the role of government extends far beyond that of just a regulator. The government acts as an investor, a collaborator, an innovator, and more.
Read More What is the Role of Government in the Space Economy?
Space technology has been making significant strides over the past few years. Its influence permeates numerous sectors and industries, with media and entertainment being no exception. This article reviews the relationship of space technology to the media and entertainment industry.
Read More Space Technology and its Impact on Media and Entertainment
Originally posted on February 26, 2022 @ 1:34 am
Read More State of Space 2022 (infographic)
This article reviews the significance of functional materials in space technology, related research conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and some specific examples of these advanced materials.
Read More Functional Materials: A Cornerstone of the Space Economy
This article reviews what a geomagnetic reversal is and how it might affect the space economy.
Read More Impacts of a Geomagnetic Reversal on the Space Economy
Human survival on Earth is threatened by numerous potential scenarios. Some of these threats are natural occurrences, while others are caused by human activities. These existential risks range from the immediate and concrete to the distant and speculative. Regardless of their nature or likelihood, understanding these threats can help us prepare and, ideally, prevent their most devastating outcomes.
Read More A Comprehensive Guide to Threats to Humanity’s Survival on Earth, and the Case for Going Multiplanetary
In this report, the Congressional Budget Office provides an introduction to the advantages of and challenges for constellations of low-altitude satellites. In particular, the report describes the effects that orbital altitude has on the design of satellites and constellations of those satellites, focusing on DoD’s Earth-observation and communications missions.
Read More Report: Large Constellations of Low-Altitude Satellites: A Primer (CBO 2023)
Ever since the advent of space exploration, human beings have employed similar types of vehicles to journey beyond the confines of our planet. The concept of Single-Stage-To-Orbit (SSTO) vehicles represents a significant shift in our approach to space travel. This fascinating technology has the potential to revolutionize space exploration by offering a more cost-effective and efficient means of reaching orbit.
Read More Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO): Pioneering the Future of Space Exploration
NASA plans to invest more than $83 billion in its 2023 portfolio of 34 major projects, which is defined as those projects or programs with a lifecycle cost of over $250 million. The goals of these projects include exploring Earth and the solar system, extending human presence beyond low-Earth orbit to the lunar surface, and understanding climate change, among other things. This report provides an overview of NASA’s planning and execution of these major acquisitions-an area that has been on GAO’s high-risk list since 1990. It includes assessments of NASA’s key projects across mission areas, such as the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion) for human exploration; Europa Clipper for planetary science; Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) for Earth science; and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman) for astrophysics.
Read More Report: Assessments of Major NASA Projects (GAO 2023)
When a market is described as being in “structural decline,” it means that the market is shrinking or contracting over a sustained period due to fundamental, long-term changes in its environment, rather than short-term or cyclical factors. This article reviews the potential underlying causes.
Read More What Does it Mean When a Market is Said to be in “Structural Decline?”
This article proposes astronaut classifications from the context of the one factor that really matters in a commercial market context – money – specifically, who is giving money and who is receiving money and for what.
Read More Commercial Human Spaceflight Astronaut Categorizations: A Capitalist Perspective
Originally posted on February 26, 2022 @ 12:59 am
Read More Crew Dragon Milestones (infographic)