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Commercial Space R&D

Commercially-funded R&D for conduct on free-flyers, space platforms, sub-orbital rocket-planes, and planetary rovers is being proposed with new sponsor funding. The ISS, with its expanded crew size and international labs provides new commercial opportunities.

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Do NASA and NewSpace Need Destinations and Deadlines?

International Space Station,  Source: NASA Do the new public and private sector partnerships in space infrastructure development require closer collaboration? 

Let's Stop Pretending We Can Establish Human Outposts Beyond Earth Orbit

Van Allen Belts,  Source: AstronomyCafe.net We're not ready!  It's time for ISS research on human life support, development and testing of commercial space transport, robotic technologies, and lunar rovers as pathfinders. 

Dramatic Improvements Can Be Made in Spaceflight Safety

Aircraft Escape Cabin on Space Plane Horizontal launch vehicles can utilize aircraft style flight safety characteristics. But risks in these emerging vehicles, especially during development and flight testing, due to rocket propulsion, extreme speeds/altitudes, and aerodynamic heating, warrant a real escape system.

Future Outposts Beyond LEO Require R&D Now

Lunar Life Support, Source: NASA The ability to preserve health is a prerequisite to successful planning for human space exploration in the new Space Age.

Imagining the Future & Acting Now to Get There

"Lunar Colony in Dome" Source: CalPoly/Pomona Our interrelated national needs to mitigate climate change and develop a space economy infrastructure requires great imagination and actions now.  How to do it?    

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