Assessment of the Utility of a Government Strategic Investment Fund for Space

April, 2019
IDA document: D-10616
FFRDC: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Type: Documents , Space
Keith W. Crane, Evan Linck, Sara A. Carioscia, Bhavya Lal See more authors
The purpose of this study is to provide the government with an assessment of the utility of a government strategic investment fund to achieve two U.S. space policy goals: (1) reducing costs and accelerating the development and procurement of systems for civil space exploration, especially a return to the Moon, and 2) fostering the growth of private space markets. The report compares the efficacy of a strategic investment fund with other U.S. Government economic policy instruments to achieve these policy goals, ultimately recommending that the U.S. Government not set up a strategic investment fund for space. Such a fund would not address, in a cost-effective way, the primary challenges facing the achievement of U.S. Government policy goals for space.