|Capitalism in Low Earth Orbit in the Year 2060 is only one example
of the proliferation of long-lived complex systems that will demand
a great sustainment method
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Within this reality, what will be the definition of a system that requires sustainment? This will be partially defined by mission and partially defined by who winds up responsible to sustain which system.
Let’s imagine one example.
Look to today’s trucking firms to guess the answers. Most do not own the gas stations and freeways, but they do own dispatch offices and often have their own warehouses and repair facilities. A future sustainer will help keep a world-wide array of near-space and LEO warehouses operating using global communications supplied by other entities. Robot trucks will transfer goods according to optimizing algorithms that conserve fuel while making timely deliveries and the sustainer must think ahead to keep all the hardware and software functioning at the assigned reliability levels.
Another example: Tourism vehicles and their embedded software will not only have a readiness factor of reliability and safety, but also one associated with fun. The sustainer will be expected to keep that in mind.
What do you imagine capitalism in LEO will be like in 2062? Are you ready?