A Platform Approach to Space Exploration

Harvard Business Review, November, 2022

5 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2022

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Atif Ansar

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School; IT University of Copenhagen; St Anne's College, University of Oxford

Date Written: November 2022

Abstract

Private rocket companies like SpaceX have driven launch costs so far down that they have increased demand for services in space. The secret to their success is that they treat rocket systems as platforms rather than as bespoke, one-off projects. Having standard and reusable components makes it easier to extend the functionality of rocket systems and the reusability of the components enables these companies to benefit from constant incremental improvement. It’s an approach that may well help businesses face other major challenges.

Suggested Citation

Ansar, Atif and Flyvbjerg, Bent, A Platform Approach to Space Exploration (November 2022). Harvard Business Review, November, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4286513 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4286513

Atif Ansar

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Bent Flyvbjerg (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Oxford
Great Britain

IT University of Copenhagen ( email )

Copenhagen
Denmark

St Anne's College, University of Oxford ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

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