Space Agenda 2021
Space exploration, development, and security are increasingly important elements of national policy and strategy. Inevitably, the presidential term starting in 2021 will include the need for many high-level decisions on space-related issues. The Aerospace Corporation has created a series of discussion papers—Space Agenda 2021—on topics that are already at the forefront, or are likely to emerge in the next few years. In addition to highlighting the issues, this series offers concise background, analyses, and options to aid government decisionmakers, industry leaders, journalists, students, and other parties interested in the future of U.S. space efforts.
The Rise and Fall of Space Sanctuary in U.S. Policy
In the U.S. national security space policy debate, there has been a dichotomy between a “sanctuary” space policy and a “contested” space policy. How did sanctuary policy develop in the early Space Age and how was it replaced by a contested space policy?
The Missile Threat: A Taxonomy for Moving Beyond Ballistic
Today’s ballistic missile taxonomy is rooted in decades-old arms control definitions. How could a new, more comprehensive, taxonomy affect decisions for missile warning, missile defense, and broader strategic policy?
Quantum Key Distribution in Space
Quantum key distribution is on the cusp of becoming a game-changing technology. How does quantum key distribution work and why is it important?
Mapping Methane Super-Emitters in Oil and Gas Fields: A Tiered Remote Sensing Strategy
California has an opportunity to lead and become the first state to control greenhouse gas. What can be done to mitigate the sources of air pollution?
From the Ground Up: Getting to Space with the Right Construction Project Delivery Type
When planning to build or renovate ground-based facilities, the project delivery type is an important element that needs to be considered. What is a project delivery type?
Effects of High-Volume Production (HVP) on Space Systems
Due to the transformation that the space business is undergoing, satellite production could benefit from methodologies for mass production of reliable complex systems. How might they be used to produce very large satellite constellations?
Cislunar Stewardship: Planning for Sustainability and International Cooperation
Significant work remains in characterizing new orbital environments, monitoring their evolving use, and determining appropriate sustainability practices. What can be done to advance cislunar stewardship?
Managing the Future State of Supply Chain Risk
Threats from adversaries and natural disasters can disrupt supply chains, challenging organizations to respond effectively. To get ahead of a constantly shifting threat environment, how can organizations mature institutional collaboration to better manage the future state of supply chain risk?
The Value of Space
Space-based services have become fundamental to daily life, but there’s more going on in space than you may realize. How does our modern world rely on space?
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