By Haresh Gopalan, Nipun Mundoor and Dinesh Natarajan.
The idea to write about supply chain for space exploration came about while watching the recent release of the movie The Martian. The premise of the movie is quite simple – an astronaut, Mark Watney, is stranded on Mars and the entire human race comes together, while pouring billions of dollars into the resources, in an effort to bring him back home.
In short, this involves mobilizing the largest supply chain known to mankind. The global space economy is worth $300 Billion and employs more than 100 thousand people. With the advent of private players such as SpaceX and the entry of countries such as India and China rapidly expanding their exploration capabilities, the possibility of colonization of the Moon and Mars by 2040 is an imminent reality. Sustainable space exploration will require a proactive and highly responsive supply chain.