American Society of Civil Engineers

Government Actions to Enable Space Business Parks

by Brent Sherwood, (Principal Engineer, Boeing Defense & Space Group, M/S JN-53, PO Box 240002, Huntsville AL, 35824-6402), Charles J. Lauer, (President, Peregrine Properties, Ltd., 540 Avis Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108), and Joseph P. Hopkins, Jr., (Business Development Systems Analyst, Boeing Defense & Space Group, M/S 8C-09, PO Box 3999, Seattle WA, 98124)
Section: Space Commercialization, pp. 186-193, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space V
Abstract: The governmental role in the successful development of commercial, large-scale Space Business Parks in low Earth orbit is vital but has not been characterized. This paper presents a specific agenda for such enabling action, tailored for the U.S. Government, in the following four areas: existing NASA programs to be completed; Earth-to-orbit transportation service performance goals to be met; the framework of laws and regulations to be established; and technologies to be developed and demonstrated. Without all these components, significant private investment in commercial space development is foreclosed. This agenda of government actions is presented to help advance the discussion among those government leaders, investors, developers and aerospace professionals interested in working together to establish Space Business Parks as a freely profit-driven focus for human spacefaring activity.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Business management
Space exploration
Private sector
Space stations