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Space 2.0

Revolutionary Advances in the Space Industry

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  • Indentifies the key drivers and traceable trends behind the industry's transformation
  • Offers a comprehensive view of how the entire industry is changing, from the satellite design stage through to launch and operations
  • Compact and easily digestible for both college-level students and engineering professionals

Part of the book series: Springer Praxis Books (PRAXIS)

Part of the book sub series: Astronautical Engineering (ASTROENG)

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A true revolution has rocked the space industry, as Silicon Valley and new startup companies around the world have shaken up the status quo. This has in turn triggered a hefty response among traditional aerospace companies, launching the sector into the new Space 2.0. This book explains how and why this remarkable change has happened, starting from the industry’s origins during the Space Age and working its way to the present day.

No other industry in the world has experienced the dramatic shift in technology and services as rapidly as the field of satellite services and rocket launch systems has. This book analyzes the dynamic shift over the past decade in how satellites are designed, manufactured, launched, and operated. It also turns an eye to the future, discussing the amazing feats and potential issues we can expect from this shifting arena by 2030.

With its beginner-friendly writing style and plethora of illustrations, this book serves as a perfect introductorytext to students and professionals alike wishing to learn more about the key trends in the field of space applications and launch systems.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, Arlington, USA

    Joseph N. Pelton

About the author

Joseph N. Pelton, Ph.D., has authored over 50 books and over 300 articles during the course of his career. He is a Fellow and member of the Executive Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and serves as one of the Editors of the Journal of Space Safety Engineering. He is the former Dean and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University and Director Emeritus of the Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University.

Dr. Pelton was the founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. He has served as the foundation’s Executive Director, and also as Executive Director of the Clarke Institute of Telecommunications and Information (CITI). Additionally, he was the founding President of the Society of Satellite Professionals (SSPI) and has been recognized in the SSPI Hall of Fame. In industry, he was Director of Strategic Policy for Intelsat, Director of Project SHARE and servedin various roles for the Comsat Corporation.  He has formerly served on the Advisory Board of the World Future Society and frequently speaks and writes as a futurist.

Dr. Pelton has been elected to be a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and has received numerous writing and educator awards from the American Astronomical Society, the International Communications Association, the British Interplanetary Society, the Miami Children’s Hospital, and ISCe, among others. He served as the Managing Director of the U.S. World Communications Year 1983 Committee—A U.S. Presidential Appointment.

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