Future Launch Systems: The Policy Challenge

by Matthew A. Bille, USAF, Kokomo, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV


A review of the literature and discussions with military, commercial, and NASA representatives shows that all users agree we need new systems, but there is no agreement on which to pursue. We cannot evaluate the options only from an engineering standpoint, because technical aspects are irrelevant unless policy factors affecting funding are considered from the outset.

Subject Headings: Military engineering | Aerospace engineering | Space exploration | Systems engineering | Construction costs | Aircraft and spacecraft | Space colonies

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