Future for Commercial Space Endeavors Looks Bright
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Space -- the final frontier.
Once the purview of cash-rich governments, launching rockets into space has become increasingly commonplace as demand for communications satellites and space-based imaging services grow. Today, space is a
As the year begins the business of space looks bright -- booming, in fact -- for U.S.-based
Commercial rocket pioneer
"Last year we launched eight times, and we're looking to actually break our record of 10 launches this year," said Mowry. "We're hoping, right now, our planning is to conduct 13 launches this year."
Mowry says the increased frequency of rocket launches is driven in part by rising demand for space-based technologies, from ultra-high definition broadcasts to satellite broadband.
And yet, despite the need for more commercial satellites, the end of
"The shuttle program shutting down was a huge, huge set of layoffs in the industry," said Starzyk.
But even as
"Everybody believes that space flight, manned space flight, can only be done with billions of dollars and it has to be government financed," said
But according to Starzyk, Space Business Roundtable's goal in 2014 is to encourage more students to consider careers in space.
"Actually, it's a major problem in most countries of getting young people interested in studying engineering, specifically aerospace engineering," she said.
Starzyk says as demand for rocket launches grow, so will demand for fresh talent.
Participation in the organization's space academy program has soared over the last three years, proving once again that when it comes to space, the sky is the limit.
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