American Space Enterprise and Security report, inaugural product of the Potomac Institute’s Center for Enterprise, Exploration, and Defense in Space (CEEDS), featured in The Downlink.

“We envision NASA as a funder and enabler of exploration and enterprise through public-private partnerships and R&D investment,’ said Kathryn Schiller Wurster, chief policy officer at Potomac and one of the authors of the study, in an email to The Downlink, adding that US government investments in infrastructure and R&D has paid off in the past.”

“The report recommends a few ways that NASA can more actively support the economic development of space, ranging from supporting the build out of industrial infrastructure in low Earth orbit and cislunar space to outsourcing in-house technology development to industry, along with a transition from internal science research to funding of research — much like National Science Foundation or DARPA. ‘NASA should encourage, partner with, and underwrite the costs and risks of the commercial space industry in coordination with its existing programs,’ the report states.”

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