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Space Portal Mission

  • Promote development of the new commercial space economy.


Space Portal Goals

  • Promote space projects for economic and public benefit
  • Increase customers and suppliers for space products and services
  • Accelerate affordable and responsive access to and from space for a broader community
  • Encourage participation of non-traditional funding sources in commercial space activities
  • Promote development of the space frontier
  • Pursue strategies for sustainable exploration and planetary sustainability


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 The Space Portal of the NASA Research Park

The Space Portal of the NASA Research Park was established in 2005 to provide a "friendly front door" for the commercial development of space for public benefit. This collaboratory of award-winning senior space scientists, engineers, technologists and educators began as a volunteer brainstorming group that saw the potential of commercial space exploration and development for public benefit.

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (as amended)* assigns NASA the mission to “seek and encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the fullest commercial use of space” .  The White House and Congress have affirmed this mandate to NASA in multiple federal laws** , and in national policy*** . 

The Space Portal promotes development of the new space economy by:
  • Developing mutually beneficial partnerships among industry, universities, nonprofits and government.
  • Serving as the catalyst between NASA and entrepreneurial space organizations to promote commercial space development.
  • Organizing and executing pioneering developments and demonstrations that open new markets.
  • Supporting space activities that benefit the public.
  • Promoting increased demand for space.
  • Encouraging STEM education and workforce development using commercial space.
  • Acting as the “friendly front door”, the Space Portal will help make NASA space infrastructure available for commercial development.
  • Access to human and capital resources, facilities, and talent and a sophisticated network dedicated to enabling successful commercial ventures in space.
  • Awareness of new opportunities identified through National forums and workshops.
  • Collaborations that lower barriers, expand opportunities, and help members contribute to and benefit from the new commercial space economy.

The principle goals of the Space Portal are to:

  • Increase customers and suppliers for space products and services
  • Accelerate affordable and responsive access to and from space for a broader community.
  • Promote space projects for economic and public benefit.
  • Encourage participation of non-traditional funding sources in commercial space activities.

Since its inception, the Space Portal team:

  • Helped initiate and establish NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems Program,
  • Defined and marketed the value and promoted increased use of the International Space Station National Laboratory,
  • Was instrumental in spawning a new start-up company,
  • Promoted development of the Commercial Suborbital Research Program,
  • Fostered NASA-Google collaborations,
  • Opened access to NASA facilities and expertise for commercial entities,
  • Championed development and support of the space user community,
  • Was instrumental in the development of an educational simulation game that promotes student interest in space engineering, 
  • Has hosted or been a principle organizer of more than 10 nationally important workshops and working groups,
  • Recruited venture capitalists interest in space investments.

*.  The National Aeronautics and Space Act
 
**.  See 1) Commercial Space Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-303, Sec. 201(a)) “To the maximum extent practicable, the Federal Government shall plan missions to accommodate the space transportation services capabilities of United States commercial providers”; 2) NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-155, Sec. 101(a)(2)(B)(i)) “the Administrator shall … work closely with the private sector, including … encouraging the work of entrepreneurs who are seeking to develop new means to launch satellites, crew, or cargo; 3) NASA Authorization Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-422) “NASA shall make use of United States commercially provided International Space Station crew transfer and crew rescue services to the maximum extent practicable”.
 
***.  U.S. Space Transportation Policy, Fact Sheet (January 2005) Attached below (nspd-40.pdf), “To exploit space to the fullest extent … requires a fundamental transformation in U.S. space transportation capabilities”, and “the United States Government must capitalize on the entrepreneurial spirit of the U.S. private sector”, and  “dramatic improvements in the reliability, responsiveness, and cost of space transportation would have a profound impact on the ability to protect the Nation, explore the solar system, improve lives, and use space for commercial purposes.”





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Lynn Harper,
Jul 22, 2009, 4:48 PM
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