The mission of the International Space Business Council has evolved over the years since its founding in 1999 but one thing has always remained constant -- a goal to pursue the projects that need doing and supporting various efforts that people forget about but are a valuable asset to the industry. Whether that meant providing a trade association to be able act as the intermediary between industry and Wall Street or companies and prospective buyers of space services; or supporting space history initiatives to save the industry's legacy.
- Quest: The History of Spacefilght, published since 1992, is an all-volunteer effort and the only publication edited by a PhD historian, peer-reviewed, and focused on the history of spaceflight. Published quarterly, each 64-page issue contains articles, oral histories/interviews, and rare photos and is designed to appeal to the professional historian and the enthusiast. Readers range from middle-school teachers to several of the men who've walked on the Moon.
- The Sacknoff Prize for Space History : An annual prize awarded to a unviersity student for the best research paper. The prize consists of a monetary prize, a trophy, publication in Quest, and the ability to present at the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The Prize is named after Scott Sacknoff, a longtime volunteer with Quest and a renowed consultant who specialized in the business and commerce of space.
- The Space Business and Commerce Archives : The organization has been collecting materials related to the business and commerce of the industry for a number of years and houses what some of the historians at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum believe is the largest collection of documents on the subject. All materials that arrive here are looked at and their historical preservation is determined. Depending on the topic, some items are added to our archives, others are sent to the Smithsonian or universities that house special collections on that subject matter. We encourage anyone with materials (reports, documents, business plans, presentations, audio/visual, items, etc.) to ship them to us before disposing of them.
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