Space: A Place to Work

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor; ASCE News, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 7, Pg. 48-52

Document Type: Feature article


An overview of the nation's space program as space shuttle capability nears reality. The cargo truck aspects of the shuttle will transform our efforts in space. In the near term, public and private sector interests will concentrate on advanced communications, remote sensing and exhaustive data collection, space manufacturing—the gravity-free environment will open new frontiers in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and spherical objects just to name two examples. Space structures will be built to support the other activities. Some years off are plans for space solar power satellites, lunar mining, asteroid mining, space colonization. Current legislation for space programs and policy are examined, interviews with civil engineers who work in space programs included.

Subject Headings: Solar power | Mines and mining | Aircraft and spacecraft | Freight transportation | Trucks | Public private partnership | Private sector | Professional development

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