Shift to private flight is keyed to space station, NASA says

02/7/2013 | Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

The International Space Station will create the market needed for private spaceflight to grow, says William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations. Using the station to drive the market for commercial enterprises will be key in the future as government space budgets are squeezed, he said. "At some point we need to show that there's a market advantage, there's a reason that commercial companies want to be in space, independent of the government," Gerstenmaier said.

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