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Outsourcing the American Space Dream: SpaceX and the Race to the Stars
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1526-0521
Swedish Defence University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4249-4518
2023 (English)In: Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics and Policy, ISSN 1477-7622, E-ISSN 1557-2943, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 46-62Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Whereas the rise of private space entrepreneurship is indisputable, we contend that contrary to the “NewSpace” narrative, the development of privately owned and operated human spacefaring does not dispel or fundamentally alter the American space dream, but rather implies continuity of the narrative of America as the dominant global space power, specifically regarding a return to the Moon and with the explicit aim of colonizing Mars. Herein, we analyze the continuity of the American space dream and how it is expressed by public and private space actors, as well as being supported by popular culture, entertainment, and an active space enthusiast community. We maintain that the continuity of the American space dream as a unifying national narrative is facilitated by how private spacefaring is dependent on the U.S. Government’s emphasis on the pivotal role of private space industry for space exploration. This dependent relationship provides incentives for private space entrepreneurs to share and leverage the established American space dream. The continuity of the American space dream is achieved through a prevailing, yet reconfigured, government-industrial complex.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2023. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 46-62
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NASA, Space, SpaceX, Musk, American Dream, NewSpace, Public-Private Partnership
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Public Administration Studies
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51288DOI: 10.1080/14777622.2023.2196017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85152453643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-51288DiVA, id: diva2:1749418
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Russia in Space: Continuity and Change in Russian Space Policy, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 65/2017Available from: 2023-04-06 Created: 2023-04-06 Last updated: 2023-05-08Bibliographically approved

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