Faculty Advisor

Campisano, Peter P.

Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


This IQP will investigate commercial aspects of space. The definition of space commercialization is dynamic and somewhat imprecise due to several years of conflicting national policy debate. One of the major goals of this project is to develop a contemporary and static definition. In order to develop a more comprehensive definition, the categories of space commercialization are identified. Since new technologies have progressed over time, many new opportunities have arisen which, when placed into categories, may be more easily subject to evaluative analysis. By examining these opportunities within this framework, it may be possible to determine which can be economically successful, which are implausible, and which can be grouped within discrete sectors. With this information, a concrete group of categories can be established to enhance the precision of the definition. The next objective is to develop general standards to determine the market potential for future products drawn from this group of categories in space commercialization. These standards are then compared to the standards of earthbound business investment to determine if the general decision making rules and issues of commercialization apply to space commercialization. With this knowledge, an analytical model can be assembled to measure the commercial market potential of a space product. This model is then tested against a potential space investment, the AVStar satellite system, a new AstroVision International project.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies