This Just In: The Space Business

Science writer Andrew May takes an entertaining look at the triumphs and failures of the attempts to commercialize the final frontier in The Space Business: From Hotels in Orbit to Mining the Moon—How Private Enterprise is Transforming Space.

Soon after the start of humanity’s exploration in space, private companies were getting involved in space with communication satellites.  This has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades.

In human spaceflight, too, private companies are getting involved.  Billionaire entrepreneurs Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have long had plans to make space travel a possibility for ordinary people and those ideas are inching ever closer to reality—even with Musk’s latest rocket launch exploding.  Other companies plan to mine the Moon for helium-3, or asteroids for precious metals.

Don’t forget about our other Space Law and related materials including: HeinOnline’s Air and Space Law database and CSU Law Library’s Space Law Research Guide.