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Inspired by: business » Privatisation of space flights

version: 3 / updated: 2010-12-22
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Originally submitted by: Aharon Hauptman
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Source of inspiration

Business groups/individuals (incl. reports, plans and statements)

The source of the Weak Signal is

"Boeing Aims to Fly Passengers to Space on New Capsule", September 2010: http://www.space.com/news/boeing-private-spaceship-space-tourism-100915.html

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Privatisation of space flights

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Growing efforts of commercial firms to commercialise space travel, including space tourism. For example, Boeing has teamed up recently with a private spaceflight marketing firm to sell passenger seats for future flights of its new space capsule. The firm (Space Adventures) will market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft, currently being designed to travel to the International Space Station as well as other future private space stations.


Space, Privatisation, Spaceflight, Space Tourism, Space Travel


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Growing efforts to commercialise space travel. Boeing has teamed up with a private firm to sell passenger seats in its new space capsule designed to travel to the International Space Station as well as other future private space stations.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Future private space flights new/emerging
mainly beneficial


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Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

economic filters (business/market interests)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Social Public interest in space flight
Technological/Scientific New spaceflight technologies
Economic Business opportunities

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 New business ventures

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Business actors (incl. SMEs) Investments and joint ventures

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Economic prosperity/dynamics
Globalization vs. localization

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Transport (including aeronautics)
Regional development
Research for the benefit of small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.