Regulation on the Final Frontier

6 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2004


Market innovations would greatly benefit America's space policy.

As American commercial exploitation of space - with communications, weather, and earth-observing satellites - has expanded, so has government regulation of commercial space. Just like markets for other goods and services, some of that regulation is appropriate and some may not be. Policy analysts both inside and outside NASA who are now reconsidering the role of the space shuttle program in the wake of the Columbia disaster would do well to also consider broader questions in U.S. space policy.

Keywords: NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, space policy, markets, space shuttel program, U.S. space policy, space politics, outer space, space exploration, space travel

JEL Classification: H59, H8, Z00

Suggested Citation

Macauley, Molly K., Regulation on the Final Frontier. Regulation, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 36-41, Summer 2003. Available at SSRN:

Molly K. Macauley (Contact Author)

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