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NASA and the Space Industry

Joan Lisa Bromberg

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Few federal agencies have more extensive ties to the private sector than NASA. NASA's relationships with its many aerospace industry suppliers of rocket engines, computers, electronics, gauges, valves, O-rings, and other materials have often been described as "partnerships." These have produced a few memorable catastrophes, but mostly technical achievements of the highest order. Until now, no one has written extensively about them.

In NASA and the Space Industry, Joan Lisa Bromberg explores how NASA's relationship with the private sector developed and how it works. She outlines the various…

Few federal agencies have more extensive ties to the private sector than NASA. NASA's relationships with its many aerospace industry suppliers of rocket engines, computers, electronics, gauges, valves, O-rings, and other materials have often been described as "partnerships." These have produced a few memorable catastrophes, but mostly technical achievements of the highest order. Until now, no one has written extensively about them.

In NASA and the Space Industry, Joan Lisa Bromberg explores how NASA's relationship with the private sector developed and how it works. She outlines the various kinds of expertise public and private sectors brought to the tasks NASA took on, describing how this division of labor changed over time. She explains why NASA sometimes encouraged and sometimes thwarted the privatization of space projects and describes the agency's role in the rise of such new space industries as launch vehicles and communications satellites.

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As well as being an interesting read, NASA and the Space Industry demonstrates the effect that lack of clarity in space policy can have on the development of private sector space capability.

A much-needed overview of a subject of great importance.

An important study of a neglected aspect of NASA's history, that is, its relationship with the aerospace industry, which it helped bring into existence. Bromberg is particularly good in her nuanced discussions of how innovations and new ideas flowed back and forth from the agency to industry, and how the flow was influenced by large changes in the economy and polity.

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9
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264
ISBN
9780801865329
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11 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Partners in Space
Chapter 2. Legacies
Chapter 3. A Tale of Two Companies
Chapter 4. The Space Shuttle
Chapter 5. Space and the Marketplace
Chapter 6. In the Wake of the Challenger
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Preface
Chapter 1. Partners in Space
Chapter 2. Legacies
Chapter 3. A Tale of Two Companies
Chapter 4. The Space Shuttle
Chapter 5. Space and the Marketplace
Chapter 6. In the Wake of the Challenger
Chapter 7. Trends in NASA-Industry Relations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Joan Lisa Bromberg

Joan Lisa Bromberg is a visiting scholar in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Department at the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Fusion: Science, Politics, and the Invention of a New Energy Source and The Laser in America, 1950-1970.