Investigating Leadership for Crewed Missions to Mars – The eMBA Papers

Author’s Note: This is a series of papers that I have written for my eMBA degree.

Introduction 

Humankind once again sits at the precipice of crewed exploration of another terrestrial world. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been diligently at work, methodically testing prototypes of the Starship Heavy Launch System that will thrust crew, habitat, and equipment on a perilous journey to the red planet (SpaceX, n.d.). At the same time, NASA has been hard at work on the Artemis Lunar Exploration Program which has set the goal of a crewed mission to the Lunar surface by 2024 (NASA, 2020). Jeff Bezos’s venture, Blue Origin, is holding an auction to be on their first crewed mission to low Earth orbit in July. The current bid stands at a reasonable $2.8 million USD (Blue Origin, 2021). Virgin Galactic has just begun its final series of test flights for the certification of the Unity flight system, another space-tourism effort led by Sir Richard Branson (Amos, 2021). 

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