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Why and How to Leverage the Commercial Space Sector for the Benefit of Planetary Science and Its Community

Whitepaper #403 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: other: Mission Programs; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Why and How to Leverage the Commercial Space Sector for the Benefit of Planetary Science and Its Community

We explicate the relationship between mission cost and risk, examine the state of low-cost missions in the PSD, list the benefits of further commercial involvement to planetary exploration and its community, and provide a set of incentives that would evolve beyond the CLPS program by attracting further engagement by commercial space companies.


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