Spaceport Associates

Commercial Space Exploration and Space Transportation

Welcome to Spaceport Associates!

Although now retired from full-time consultancy, we remain engaged as a volunteer think tank developing policy initiatives related to commercial space, and also provide an educational resource to those interested in space tourism, commercial space exploration and eventual space settlement. We have proposed joint government/commercial activities to make possible a "Gateway Earth" outpost at the edge of Earth's gravity well. Space tourists would have a hotel there, with vistas of the whole Earth, and a regular taxi service from low Earth orbit using refuelable tugs. The space tourism revenues would help pay for the building and operation of the complex, which would provide a new start and end point for governmental interplanetary missions. Development of this concept continues on the associated website, which is the home site for the Gateway Earth Development Group (GEDG), formed in November 2015. The Gateway Earth concept is described in Chapter 11 of Derek Webber's No Bucks: No Buck Rogers - Creating the Business of Commercial Space, and Appendix E of Afterglow; Reflections on the Golden Age of Moon Explorers, both available from

We are also concerned with protection of lunar heritage sites from potential damage from future robotic and/or human explorers arriving on the Moon, and have taken a leadership position to bring about necessary regulatory protections thru the "For All Moonkind" organization.

Derek Webber at business end of Europa Launch Vehicle, Munich, Germany 2015

Derek Webber at business end of Europa Launch Vehicle, Munich, Germany 2015

The following papers and essays, and the FAQ, provide some insight into the relevant issues.

Will we ever be able to exploit the Moon and asteroids to make money?

Results of Past Surveys

When do you believe there will be humans living on Mars? 11% say within 10 years, 24% say within 20 years, 33% say within 50 years, 11% say never.

Do you believe potential space tourists would pay more to go to GEO instead of LEO? 81% say YES.

Should government or commerce lead in space exploration? 86% say Commerce