Introducing the RAND Space Enterprise Initiative

RAND Space Enterprise Initiative lead Bruce McClintock describes the mission and goals of the Space Enterprise Initiative and the importance of making space research available to all.

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  • The sun sets behind Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

    RAND Space Enterprise Initiative

    Jul 9, 2020

    The Space Enterprise Initiative is a new one-stop shop for space research and related activities across RAND.

  • A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying a NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base

    RAND Space Launch Virtual Forum

    Sep 8, 2020

    An expert panel brings together RAND researchers and a representative from the Department of the Air Force's Space and Missile Command to discuss topics related to space launch. [Virtual]

  • light in space

    A Separate Space: Creating a Military Service for Space

    Mar 13, 2020

    Michael Spirtas, Yool Kim, et al.

    As the United States creates the Space Force as a service within the Department of the Air Force, RAND assessed which units to bring into the Space Force, analyzed career field sustainability, and drew lessons from other defense organizations.

  • A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 6, 2018, photo by Thom Baur/Reuters

    Protecting the U.S. Supply on Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles

    Our recent RAND report on the global heavy lift launch market highlights the potential for a near term shortage of launch vehicles needed to lift U.S. defense and intelligence satellites to orbit. These satellites are the eyes, ears, networks and timekeepers of U.S. armed services, and an inability to launch them in times of need could compromise national security.