wired.com - 7 days ago
Ted Cruz Asks Space Capitalists How to Make Orbit Great Again
Space could be capitalism's next frontier, but not without the government's help.
Luckily, the government is all ears. Last Thursday, a bunch of space capitalists sat across from a bunch of senators to talk policy. The panel included everyone from SpaceX 's senior VP to the CEO of a small launch startup. Topics ranged from removing orbital debris to enabling deep space commerce; from eliminating bureaucratic speed bumps to dealing with space pirates. Yes, the discussion ranged wide, and at times weird—again, space pirates? —but overall one point was clear: The riches of space are America's to lose. Congressional hearings like these often reveal their organizers' political motives.
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