Space Science and Technology


RAND was an early leader in the field of space science, producing seminal works in the design, launch, and operation of satellites in the 1940s and '50s. RAND continues to pursue space studies: Current topics include international cooperation (and the United States' dependency on foreign components), orbital debris (or "space junk"), and the funding of space missions.

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    Ideas for Humanity's Future Approach to Space

    In its first 75 years, RAND helped shape how humankind thought about and used space for the benefit of humanity. And it intends to have a similar impact on the next 75 years of space sustainability, security, and governance. Researchers identified concepts worthy of future study.

    Nov 14, 2023

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    Navigating Governance in a New Space Era

    Senior policy researcher and RAND's Space Enterprise Initiative lead, Bruce McClintock, provides a detailed overview of the current challenges and opportunities in space, as well as the need for governance in this new space era.

    Jul 14, 2023

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