The bustling private-space industry is full of big-dreaming, thrifty innovators. Here we've ranked 15 of the most serious contenders in order of their progress toward the goal of bringing cargo and human passengers to space.
In our subjective ranking, the companies furthest along appear first in the list, weighted with consideration for their ultimate goal: suborbit, orbit, the moon or beyond.
And for a more in-depth look, take a sneak peak at our January issue cover story here.
rich, rich, and stupid, but rich.
@Azorus - They are smart. Way smarter than you could possibly imagine. Every NASA space shuttle launch costs upwards of $500 million. These guys realize they can only invested a tenth of that at the most and still offer an extremely competitive alternative to NASA and the global market as a whole. Even at $100 million it would still be a steal for NASA. I would imagine Space-X will have recouped most of it's initial investment in the first few launches... which it has already done.
Elon Musk, Branson, Bezos made their fortune in emerging markets that became full-blown mainstream. Think thrifty airlines, PayPal, Ebay, YouTube...
They're doing what they do best. Identifying emerging markets before they even emerge.
They are in a league of their own.
Robert Bigelow, Space Gigolo?
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ARCA is who I've been really impressed by.
Armadillo Aerospace That's a cool name.
Some of us where not born with silver spoons. That was why I refered to the article in the way that i did.
This type of free spirit (and money) competition will push us forward much faster than any NASA effort. Having said that, NASA has provided the base of information allowing these efforts to progress.
Kim's right on the money.
Nasa, the Privatization of Space, the European Space Agency, and all the rest of the space agencies, companies, etc in the world will help Humanity push forward in the colonization and exploration of space. Space is Humanities future, if we don't get off this planet and become a multiple planet species, we won't survive. Many of you will say, who cares, that's hundreds if not thousands of years from now. Yeah, well your distant relatives will have to deal with it, so have a heart, and help. There's so many reasons for going into space, mining asteroids for resources, fixing overpopulation by expanding into space, planets, moons, searching for alien life, exploring the unknown, etc. They'll come a time when you'll be able to pay a couple of bucks and journey into space or some other planet like you would take a bus or subway into a city.
Sounds like Avatar is about to become real the way you say it.
These are the 1st steps in getting into low earth orbit and beyond. Look back 20 years at the internet(arpanet)and computers(vacuum tubes), most people could never have imagined where it would lead to except a few. We have a "space port" being built in the desert, who would have thought.
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