Snapshot of Space Business, 1999
Launch cost dominates economics and thinking.
Viable space products are defined as:
“those which can compete in earth-based markets”.
1. Existence of an Earth-based market where high prices can be
commanded for an extended period (e.g. drug & crystals),
mass-market delivery can be
achieved at a low per-customer cost
(e.g. communication technology)
2. 3-to-5 year ROI is essential for