Policy Analysis in the National Space Programs

by Bruno Augenstein

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Assessment of the NASA and DOD space programs, with suggestions for goals and policy issues to govern space endeavors in the next decade. A careful review of existing guidelines of the 1958 Space Act reveals that policy implications are not well defined or quantitative for current needs. The difficulty is not that existing space institutions, civil or military, have been unable to state space program objectives, but that those objectives have had few long-term policy implications and have influenced opinion indifferently in shaping and enabling bodies. There is a need for continued development of cost and schedule estimation procedures and an extended public discussion to help shape future policy.

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