The Committee on a Commercially Developed Space Facility assessed the scientific and commercial benefit to the nation of having a CDSF in place prior to Space Station operations. The committee examined planned and anticipated microgravity research and manufacturing requirements of the federal government and commercial users as well as the extent to which existing, planned, and proposed capabilities and infrastructure could support these requirements. The committee's findings concentrate on the desirability of having an additional space facility in service to the interim preceding Space Station Freedom.
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|RESEARCH IN THE MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT||9-14|
|DEMAND FOR MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS ACTIVITIES||15-24|
|FACILITIES TO SUPPORT MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS||25-40|
|DIRECT MANNED INTERACTION, AUTOMATION, ROBOTICS, AND TELESCIENCE||41-46|
|ASSESSMENT OF THE NEED FOR A CDSF||47-56|
|APPENDIX A: Letter from James Fletcher and Statement of Work||63-68|
|APPENDIX B: List of Participants||69-74|
|APPENDIX C: NASA Office of Space Science and Applications Projected Requirements for Materials Microgravity Experiments||75-80|
|APPENDIX D: NASA Office of Space Science and Applications Projected Requirements for Life Sciences Microgravity Experiments||81-111|
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