Here’s a look at the people, businesses and organizations working to open the space frontier to human settlement through economic development. Collectively, they are NewSpace.
Apogee – the last word in space publishing. You won’t believe what fun awaits in these books. Fun, entertaining, inspiring and stimulating. From the early space history to current developments. An encyclopedic publishing collection. Here’s an example, ‘A Honeymoon in Space.’ This will be a reality in 2015, as George and Loretta Whitesides take their long anticipated honeymoon adventure to space. George is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company that is now testing their vehicle, SpaceShipTwo in powered flight.
Bigelow Aerospace – BA’s inflatable space station for other nations who do not have their own space program. Two prototypes have been on orbit for years, and are still functioning. Perfect bungalow for groups of six. 2 million a piece x 6 = $12 million passenger revenue. Cheap access to space is the key to it’s viability. Very things are happening for this company.
Blue Origin – The space development company of Jeff Bezos – CEO and founder of Amazon.com. Billionaire. Billionaires are engaging their passion and vision for space and fueling this breakthrough and exciting stage of space development.
Celestis – Celestis is a private company offering both suborbital and orbital spaceflights of symbolic portions of human remains as a memorial service. The first flight occurred in 1997 and their 11th flight, an orbital service, launched May 22, 2012. That flight achieved 592 orbits of the Earth before reenetering on June 26. Celestis promises services to the moon and deep space.
Masten Space Systems -responsible for some of the highest drama in NewSpace’s short history. In October 2009 Masten won the Northrop Grumman Lunar Landing Challenge Level 2, a challenge to land on lunar simulated landing site over two legs, with their winning flight coming suddenly to eclipse John Carmack and his Armadillo Aerospace team, who thought they had it in the bag, and who had defeated them in Level 1 in September.
Nanoracks – NanoRacks is committed to helping stimulate the market demand across all orbiting platforms by creating a commercial climate conducive to allowing new users, from students to researchers, from government space agencies to individuals, to conduct research, design experiments, tinker, make mistakes, and maybe realize wonderful breakthroughs in low-earth orbit and beyond.
Paragon – Paragon is the premier provider of environmental controls for extreme and hazardous environments. They design, build, test and operate premier life support systems and leading thermal control products for space environments.
Space Adventures – Space Adventures’ vision is to open spaceflight and the space frontier to private citizens. It began in 2001 with the flight of the world’s first space tourist, Dennis Tito, who spent a week on the International Space Station. They will offer suborbital flights, on voyages to Earth orbit and on historic expeditions that circumnavigate the moon.
SpaceX – SpaceX is the poster child for NewSpace. Led and financed by billionaire (founder of PayPal) Elon Musk, they keep piling up firsts for a private company. While all SpaceX’s activity is directed toward doing business in Low Earth Orbit, his ultimate aim is the human settlement of Mars.