Welcome to Spaceport Associates!
We are a kind of "Think Tank" looking into initiatives, policy, business and standards related to commercial space developments. Spaceport Associates provides an educational resource to those interested in the business of space tourism and commercial initiatives towards space exploration. To this end, we are proposing 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.
The following papers and essays, and the Mini-Tutorial, provide some insight into the relevant issues.
Commercial Space Exploration
- 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
- Space Tourism - Essential Step in Human Settlement of Space
- Inserting the "S" Word: A Modest Proposal
- Getting to the Edge
- Leaving the Cradle
- An Architecture for Survival
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
- 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)
- Your Personal Spaceflight Adventure - Have You Got What it Takes?
- A Training Framework for Private Space Travel Operations
- 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