A leading hub for aircraft and spacecraft development since the earliest days of suborbital flights, Southern California remains – in the current era of New Space – a hotbed of aerospace innovation and entrepreneurship. Home not only to NASA and other governmental facilities, the region also boasts a crop of innovative startups seeking to lead in a rapidly growing space economy already estimated to have reached $383 billion (Space Foundation, 2018).
The Southern California Commercial Space Flight Initiative (SCCSI) connects those at USC with those actively involved in all aspects of this (sonic) booming industry through annual Space Entrepreneurship workshops and "State of Space Entrepreneurship" research reports. We also publish educational cases regarding space entrepreneurship and are actively developing curriculum in this area. Our mission: to help out students and partners in the entrepreneurial space economy develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset to ensure a brighter future in space for our region, the nation, and beyond – through research, teaching, and conversations.