Germinating the 2050 cis-lunar econosphere

David W. Scott, Peter A. Curreri, Cynthia K. Ferguson, Mark E. Nall, Michael L. Tinker, Gregory M. Wright
2015 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference  
In early 2013, Marshall Space Flight Center's upper management chartered a diverse team for a six-week "sprint" to speculate (in a disciplined manner) and paint (with broad brush strokes) a picture of how earth, space, and public/private entities might be operating and relating to each other... in the year 2100. Two 12-person groups of civil servants, one with members having 15 years or less of NASA experience and the other with more senior members, worked independently and then compared and
more » ... egrated their conclusions. In 2014, the "Space 2100" team, with some new team members and different group boundaries, ran a longer sprint to a) develop more detailed estimates of the operations and economics of space activities in the vicinity of the Earth and Moon in the 2050 time frame, b) identify evolutionary paths, barriers, and opportunities, and c) suggest actions and philosophies to enable and invigorate progress towards the vision. This paper explores Space 2100's first two sprints and their projections of NASA's role in what will likely be a highly networked, international space industry and cis-lunar infrastructure. 1
doi:10.1109/aero.2015.7119255 fatcat:7nfoq5lmoze3roojwfrxrry6x4