A Different Kind of Space Story

December 2, 2014 8:51 PM

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In recent years, it seems that the allure of space has once again captured the minds of a generation. Absent from this new wave is the strong government directive of the Apollo era, but in its place is the awakening of the individual, and a private industry who sees possible the democratization of space and the expansion of Earth's economic sphere. As with every frontier broken before it, space comes with a unique stack of barriers to entry, cost and safety not least among them. However, as legendary science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein once reminded, "out of this could come something else for all of mankind -- hope!"

I consider it my job to stay abreast of developments in commercial space: both the exciting and the disappointing. I've found the past decade to be overwhelmingly positive, and I have lost count at the milestones and triumphs that would have so greatly impressed Robert and reinforced his unwavering ...

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