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    The long-term scientific benefits of a space economy

    Crawford, Ian (2016) The long-term scientific benefits of a space economy. Space Policy 37 (2), pp. 58-61. ISSN 0265-9646.

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    Utilisation of the material and energy resources of the Solar System will be essential for the development of a sustainable space economy and associated infrastructure. Science will be a major beneficiary of a space economy, even if its major elements (e.g. space tourism, resource extraction activities on the Moon or asteroids, and large-scale in-space construction capabilities) are not developed with science primarily in mind. Examples of scientific activities that would be facilitated by the development of space infrastructure include the construction of large space telescopes, ambitious space missions (including human missions) to the outer Solar System, and the establishment of scientific research stations on the Moon and Mars (and perhaps elsewhere). In the more distant future, an important scientific application of a well-developed space infrastructure may be the construction of interstellar space probes for the exploration of planets around nearby stars.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Space exploration, Space development, Space infrastructure
    School: School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 14:25
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 22:49


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