Rocket Science Was the Easy Part. What Can Other Domains Teach Us About Space?

Op-ed | Rocket science was the easy part. What can other domains teach us about space?
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“Because we consider space unique, we often fail to look at other domains for inspiration and to avoid potential pitfalls. That’s a mistake,” writes Ben Poole. THE SPACE COMMUNITY KNOWS COMPLEXITY. We’ve been building, launching, and deorbiting complex systems in space for more than 60 years. We’ve gotten so good at it and done it so many times that the space operating environment is now becoming more challenging than engineering the systems themselves. Complex challenges are emerging that are (geo) political, policy, regulatory, standards-based, and organizational in nature. Because we consider space unique, we often fail to look at […]

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