Extensive literature published over the last 25 years has explored the concept of the commercialization of space, particularly in low-Earth orbit. A significant amount of this literature focuses on content that presents options on the approach – how to do it. Yet another significant segment concentrates on the vehicular aspect – how to get there. Still others center around the ‘favorite idea,’ where commercialization is the stage upon which to display this ‘great idea.’
This white paper will present an alternative to the prescriptive space commercialization approach by focusing on questions instead of the answers – a pathfinder for developing the ‘how to’ answers and the ‘propelled by’ questions.
We begin the exploration of ‘how to explore the commercialization of space’ by a walk-through of a parallel universe, a terrestrial inter-modal transportations system centered upon the ocean port.