SIF Studies
  • Active Studies
    • CANEUS SSSC Standards Assessment Study (2010)
    • Space Water (Supporting Space Environment Technologies)
  • Completed Studies

    “The Space Innovator's Dilemma: A Space Industry Look at The Innovator's Dilemma” analyzes rapid growth potential of commercial space interests within the context of The Innovator's Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen. Christensen addresses the concept of technical innovation as being either sustaining or disruptive: sustaining technology advances customer-stated objectives within an established market, while disruptive technology creates new markets by extending customer capability in an unexpected way and at a fraction of the cost. The Space Infrastructure Foundation encourages the adoption of disruptive technology in the space industry where the new markets are expanded infrastructure from space. This paper presents three case studies to showcase the opportunities available when disruptive technologies or business practices are utilized. These cases were chosen from a selection of 21 disruptive technologies and business practices suggested by a space industry professionals; in each case, some degree of development has been reviewed and rejected by the mainstream but adopted by newly organized groups of firms. Fred Slane discussed The Space Innovator's Dilemma" with Dr David Livingstone on The Space Show. To hear the discussion click here.

    • Space Systems Cross-Compatibility (Supporting the International Astronautical Federation (IAF))