|Living and working in space : human behavior, culture and organization
|Philip R. Harris
|Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 1996
|Wiley - Praxis series in space science and technology
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|Includes bibliographical references
|Space colonies ; Space industrialization
For the past 40 years, human activities in space have increased, but since the Moon landings more than 20 years ago, the human space programme has often lacked rationale and coherence. In "Living and working in space", Philip Harris presents a critical review of the current human space programme and identifies the many challenges of future space development.
The author outlines a strategy for the development of personnel, other than scientific and technical staff, and discusses the challenges presented by long-duration missions in a microgravity environment and eventual human settlements within the isolated, confined and extreme conditions in space. Commercial, legal and political issues associated with space industrialisation are described.
Important innovations in space management and the organisational structures of the space agencies and aerospace industry are reviewed. A scheme for the utilization of space technology and resources for the benefit of Earth and the human race is introduced, and solutions provided to problems likely to be encountered by constructors, behavioral scientists and those concerned with space policy and joint space ventures.