Towards Space Tourism - The Challenge for British Space Policy

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P. Collins (2002), JBIS, 55, 148-159

Refcode: 2002.55.148
Keywords: Space tourism, space travel, space policy, BNSC

In recent years it has become increasingly widely accepted, including within NASA, that the largest commercial opportunity in space is the development of passenger space travel, or `space tourism'. However, to date, the British government has provided no support whatever for work in this field. In 2000 the parliamentary Trade and Industry Select Committee criticized this unsatisfactory situation, but their comments have been disregarded to date. This paper reviews the current situation and discusses measures that must be implemented in order for British taxpayers to obtain the greatest economic benefit from the government's space expenditure.

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