I’ve been following the private space industry since I covered the DC-X Launch in 1993 in White Sands, New Mexico and saw rocket lanches and bought stock in SpaceDev before it went private.
I’m using this post as a place to keep my links and share them with interested people. Suggest a source of info if you want in the comments!
Space is the place! Our backyard beckons. Many doubters persist, ironically often environmentalists. I say ironic, because I feel that biggest gains in sustainable practices will come in a large part from experiences we have in space. Solar panels, recycling (everything), small efficient living space design, weather, crop, and water data, all benifit greatly from knowledge we’ve gained by using satellites and spaceships. If you look at the data, research, benefits of satellites and science in space, and the future of research, sustainability, recycling, solar, mining, I believe space becomes a natural place.
There’s two other bigger reasons. One, those few humans who’ve seen the earth from orbit almost all report a moment that forever leaves them more sensitzed to our planet as fragile, rare, interconnect system. Two, the radiation soaked, life-as-we-know-it devoid, vacuums of space is a much less negative impact to our environment as a place to mine for ore then a forest in a jungle
Here’s what I’m tracking and why:
- Economist interview with Bigelow rep, Michael Gold. A great economic overview of the situation in private space industry.
Private space companies
- Bigelow Aerospace: http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/ Mr. Bigelow has launched two experimental blow up habitats, and have 300 million more dollars to put into his private, nimble, wild company. NASA is now interested.
- SpaceX: http://www.spacex.com/ PayPal monied engineer Elon Musk’s company just ended a few years of blowing up rockets and successfully made it to 155 miles. Contracts are coming, NASA is a potential customer for ISS trips. Here’s a great summary to reactions to SpaceX’s recent successful launch.
- Blue Origin http://www.blueorigin.com/ by Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos, secretive, exciting.
- Armadillo Aerospace http://www.armadilloaerospace.com by the ID Software’s founder (Doom, Quake, etc) John Caramac:
- Also, public stocks ORB, ASTC are space oriented.
Private space companies that trade publically
- Orbital Sciences (ORB)
- Astrotech (ASTC)