(Example: re-cycling upper stages or external tanks for fuel depots or habitats)
This proposal maintains or increases the usability of the space environment.
(Example: debris clouds created by an anti-satellite testing program drastically increases the need for micro-meteor shielding to the point that spacecraft become prohibitively expensive.)
4. Creating a Pro-Settlement Policy/Legal/Regulatory Environment in Space
This proposal develops a regulatory environment that fosters settlement, utilization, and/or commercialization.
(Example: property rights related to Moon, Mars, asteroids, etc. so that private enterprise can operate effectively, and make use extracted resources, etc)
5. Creating value/profit from the space environment that supports/catalyzes settlement
This proposal encourages the creation of items (goods and services) of value that derive most of their value from space.
(Example: communication satellites need the high altitude of space to be valuable. Without this, the satellite isn’t worth anything.)
This proposal encourages additional investment of time, money or talent into frontier-enabling activities as defined in this document.
6. Developing Space Capabilities
This proposal identifies and prioritizes key strategic space capabilities (not technologies) which directly enable, enhance, or accelerate space settlement in a broad, inclusive manner.
(Example: a review panel identifying what capabilities we would like to develop in 10 years — e.g. National Research Council decadal surveys or the Review of Human Spaceflight Plans Committee)
This proposal includes in its implementation plan a viable path for an idea to emerge as a commercial product or service that delivers a key strategic capability.
(Examples: The same needed capabilities [or technologies] have existed on NASA/Department of Defense charts for decades. Many have been partially developed or proven on the ground repeatedly without achieving formal flight status and ultimately commercial availability.)
This proposal makes full use of existing or planned commercial capabilities (i.e. goods and/or services) to achieve one or more strategic space capabilities.