“The shift from public to private priorities in space is especially significant because a widely shared goal among commercial space’s leaders is the achievement of a large-scale, largely self-sufficient, developed space economy…

If such space-economy visions are even partially realized, the implications for society — and economists — will be enormous. After all, it will be our best chance in human history to create and study economic societies from a (nearly) blank slate.”  

— Matt Weinzierl in Space, the Final Economic Frontier
 

Space Colony image courtesy of the NASA Ames Research Center. Artwork by Rick Guidice.
Three Colonies, housing approximately 10,000 people, were designed in the 1970s. Artistic renderings of the concepts were created.
 

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Matthew C Weinzierl and Mehak Sarang. 12/8/2020. “Made In Space, Expectations Management, and the Business of In-Space Manufacturing”. Publisher's VersionAbstract
After having proven its base technology (3D printing) through NASA solicitations and contracts, Made In Space was searching for a viable commercial application. But the business case for the leading candidate, high-quality fiber optic cable for use on Earth, remained uncertain. In 2019, Made In Space secured a major contract from NASA for early work on a much grander project, called Archinaut, to build architectures in space that would enable off-Earth habitation. Was that opportunity a more promising path for Made In Space, or did its ambition risk distracting Made In Space from its more managed, incremental strategy? Which strategy would enable MIS to retain its central place in facilitating the development of the space economy?
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