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 www.GatewayEarth.space, 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 — Reflecting with the Apollo Astronauts on their Missions and Lives, both available from www.curtis-press.com.
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.
The following papers and essays, and the FAQ, provide some insight into the relevant issues.
Commercial Space Exploration
- Low Cost Access to Interplanetary Space
- Everest, the Camps, and the Sherpas
- Bridgehead - Interplanetary Travel Becomes Routine
- Why we Need to Continue with Human Spaceflight
- ITAR Amendment - USML Category XV Impact on Space Tourism
- Getting to the Edge
- Leaving the Cradle
- An Architecture for Survival
- Commercial Space Exploration: No Longer an Oxymoron!
- Gateway Earth: A Pragmatic Modular Architecture
- Deep Space Gateway is in Wrong Place
Space Tourism General
- Space Tourism - the Enabler
- The First 100 Years of Public Space Travel
- Space Tourism - History and Importance
- The Future Starts Here ( The Space Review, June 2004)
- Getting There ( The Space Review, March 2007)
- Tourism's Latest Sector - Private Spaceflight
- ASCENT Study Executive Summary
- The Adventurers' Survey - Executive Summary
- Futron/Zogby Space Tourism Market Study
- Markets for Orbital Tourism at Low Prices
- The FAA/Tauri/Spaceport Florida Forecasts of 2012
- Space Tourism - A New Field for Space Law
- How to ensure Change you can believe in for the Space Program ( The Space Review, January 2009)
- Horses for Courses - Spaceport Types
- Horses for Courses - 2008 Addendum
- Spaceport architectures article
- Point-to-Point Sub-orbital Space Tourism: Some Initial Considerations
- Is the World ready for High-Speed Intercontinental Package Delivery (Yet)?
- The Low Potential Market for PtP Passengers
Risk and Safety
Lunar Heritage Protection
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