The Long Space Age: The Economic Origins Of Space Exploration From Colonial America To The Cold War

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

byAlexander MacDonald

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An economic historian argues that privately funded space exploration is not a new development, but a trend beginning with the astronomical observatories of the nineteenth century 

Over the last half-century there has been a rapid expansion in commerce off the surface of our planet. Nations and corporations have placed hundreds of satellites that provide billions of dollars’ worth of communications, scientific, global positioning, and commercial services, while construction has been completed on humanity’s ninth and largest space station. On the planet itself, government agencies, corporations, and individuals plan for the expansion of economic development to the lunar surface, asteroids, and Mars. The future of space exploration seems likely to include a mix of large government funded missions as well as independent private-sector missions.

The Long Space Age examines the economic history of American space exploration and spaceflight, from early astronomical observatories to the International Space Station, and argues that the contemporary rise of private-sector efforts is the re-emergence of a long-run trend not a new phenomenon.

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An economic historian argues that privately funded space exploration is not a new development, but a trend beginning with the astronomical observatories of the nineteenth century  Over the last half-century there has been a rapid expansion in commerce off the surface of our planet. Nations and corporations have placed hundreds of satel...

Alexander MacDonald advises on national space strategy development and private-sector space activities and is an expert on the economic history of space exploration. He received his doctorate in economic and social history from the University of Oxford and his masters in economics from the University of British Columbia. He is an econo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300219326

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"MacDonald has written a provocative new history of the “Long Space Age” that invites us to rethink both the motivations for space exploration and its shifting sources of its support. Based on considerable original economic analysis, he elegantly shows that the so-called new era of private spaceflight has a precedent dating back over a century.”—Asif Siddiqi, Fordham University