NASA and the Space Industry

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999 - 247 pages
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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Contents

Legacies
16
A Tale of Two Companies
45
The Space Shuttle
75
Copyright

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Joan Lisa Bromberg directed the Laser History Project from 1982 to 1989 and is author of "Fusion: Science, Politics, and the Invention of a New Energy Source, "a history of the federal fusion energy program.

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