Assessing Commercial Solutions for Government Space Missions

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Synopsis

Government organizations are increasingly leveraging commercial offerings to meet space mission needs. When making the decision to acquire a commercial capability, government agencies should determine the level and scope of assessments needed to match their risk tolerance. Acquiring a complement of commercial offerings to populate hybrid architectures for government space missions requires an understanding and evaluation of commercial market dynamics, players, and business models in addition to understanding technology and capability readiness. This paper proposes frameworks and associated recommendations for how government organizations can assess and characterize the readiness of candidate commercial providers and commercial markets to meet national needs.

Authors: David McQuiggan, Ronald Birk