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There is a widely held opinion among many in the public that an American-led human return to the Moon must cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. That opinion is based on nearly 50 years of evidence from NASA's three major attempts to acquire approval for another Apollo-style mission for sending humans to deep space. This article provides...
This study’s primary purpose was to assess the feasibility of new approaches for achieving our national goals in space. NexGen assembled a team of former NASA executives and engineers who assessed the economic and technical viability of an “Evolvable Lunar Architecture” (ELA) that leverages commercial capabilities and services that are existing or...
To stimulate the commercial space industry and potentially serve the logistics needs of the International Space Station (ISS) in the post-Space Shuttle era, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2006 began the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) initiative. NASA entered into agreements with two U.S. firms, Rocket...