“A full-fledged space economy is within reach, and with it, perhaps, a permanent human presence above.”

Space Age 2.0

#Space

Sat, Jul 28th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit I feel like we have been hearing about how we will be hitting space anytime now for quite some time, Bloomberg argues that the new space age is upon us especially now that it could be potentially profitable. As if to prove this point, Richard Branson hopes people will be travelling to space on a Virgin Galactic spaceship before the end of the year. Jeff Bezos has even bigger ambitions.

The moment has echoes of the early seafaring and railway eras. Forge the infrastructure, the thinking goes, and ingenuity will take it from there. The innovations—and abuses—of those eras argue for careful thought as the tracks go down, though. Will the Commerce Department take care to prevent space-junk proliferation and ozone-layer depletion? Will it favor the concerns of the wealthy over the interests of the public at large? The megarich are naturally champing to chart humankind’s exploratory course. Jeff Bezos, the centibillionaire Amazon.com founder, wants his startup Blue Origin to land on the moon by 2023, in advance of human settlement. Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to put people on Mars the following year.

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