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The Commercial Space Race

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Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

This chapter discusses the new and exciting era of commercial space programs. The status of the American space program and where it is headed in the future is explained in terms of how it interacts with industry to accomplish common goals. Commercial endeavors are discussed with a spotlight on some of the most influential private companies with space agendas and including a few of the visionaries who founded them. The influence of the XPrize and other space prizes are discussed.

Keywords

Blue Origin Boeing Co Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Commercial Crew Program (CCP) Dream Chaser Elon Musk Google Lunar XPrize Orbital ATK Paragon Space Development Corp Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) SpaceX Dragon SpaceX Falcon United Launch Alliance (ULA) XPrize 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Arts and SciencesUniversity of WashingtonTacomaUSA

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