For the aspiring space entrepreneur, rocket science may be the biggest obstacle. This is definitely not because rocket science is impossibly difficult. Since at least the time of Robert Goddard, we have known that however difficult it is, it is not impossible.
In fact, rocket science is an obstacle as much because of the impression it gives and the aura we have erected around it, as because if its inherent complexity. For some people, rocket science and space activity are the same, and both are seen as too rigorous and unforgiving for any but the best capitalized and most technologically powerful businesses to venture forth into the markets they are creating.
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|This paper was first published as part of Space Commerce, The Inside Story, published by the Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG) and included on this site through the courtesy of ATWG, ISU and the individual authors.
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