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September 30, 2021

Commercial space activities, including launch, satellite communications and remote sensing, on-orbit habitats, Earth-Moon transportation, lunar landers, etc., are increasing in number, intensity and diversity of participants. At first glance, we can respond to the question of whether commercial space is experiencing a resurgence with a resounding affirmative, but the story gets more complicated once we start unpacking the question. Firstly, what constitutes a commercial space activity? The word itself is polysemic, and the question has no answer and many answers, all at the same time. Secondly, assuming commercial space is experiencing a resurgence, but given that the definition of commercial space is highly nuanced, exactly what kind of resurgence is commercial space experiencing? Answers to these questions are offered from an organization theory perspective of evolution, and by defining commercial space as a market-level organization. FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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