Public–Private Partnerships in Civil Space: Insights from a National Academies Workshop

The role of public–private partnerships (PPP) in space policy was one of four main topics explored in a stand-alone workshop, America’s Future in Civil Space, convened in May 2017 by the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The discussions and presentations examined the role that the evolving commercial space sector could play in fulfilling national space goals and the role of the government in facilitating the evolution and success of new actors and modes of working with the commercial sector. In this article, the authors who are with the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, summarize insights from the historical models discussed at the workshop including: the Transcontinental Railroad, subsidies for U.S. commercial aviation, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) partnerships with private industry on vehicle development.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 26-29
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 313
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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  • Accession Number: 01661869
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 1 2018 1:23PM