SoCal Commercial Spaceflight Initiative

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.

SoCal Commercial Space Workshop

Each year, we welcome experts and luminaries on all aspects of space entrepreneurship, policy, and progress to campus, to discuss our present and future with an audience of students, faculty, and colleagues. Past speakers have included Former NASA administrator, astronaut, and USC alumnus General Charlie Bolden, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, and Executive Secretary of the Natonal Space Council Dr. Scott Pace. Past partner organizations have included the National Space Society, the Moon Village Association, and the Mars Society.

Annual Research Report

Each year, we publish a research report that details the contributions made by Southern California space companies to our local, regional, national, and global economy. This report is available as a free resource for policy-makers seeking to understand the current and future economic significance of the aerospace industry in SoCal. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list for updates regarding this report and related research efforts, please send a note to