My Own Private Andromeda

The privatization of space research and exploration appears to be continuing apace. Here are a couple notes on recent work in areas often considered solely the domain of government.

1) Space Elevator gets the nod from the FAA.

" The LiftPort Group, the space elevator companies, announced September 9 that it has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use airspace to conduct preliminary tests of its high altitude robotic "lifters."

2) From Wired news, a company is looking to get a Mars community up and running in 20 years.

"All companies set goals, but newly formed 4Frontiers is eyeing some expansive horizons. The company's mission: to open a small human settlement on Mars within 20 years or so.

Sure, it may sound far-fetched. And the company's initial plans are a lot more terrestrial than ethereal, like developing a 25,000-square-foot replica of a Mars settlement here on Earth, then charging tourists admission.

But the people behind the venture are quite serious -- as serious as the $25 million they want to raise from investors."

The actual success or failure of the various projects isn't as important to me as the fact that there seems to be reasonably strong interest within private industry in making a run at space.

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