While Washington, DC quibbled, history was recently made with the first-ever private sector launch of a commercial spacecraft in history to successfully dock with the International Space Station. I especially enjoyed the SpaceX‘s press release:
Previously only four governments — the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency — had achieved this challenging technical feat.
Here in our neck of the blue marble, Virginia has also been working in developing this market with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). The Virginia MARS programs hold a lot of promise. The Commonwealth is making it easier for businesses to invest by keeping regulations at bay as much as possible as well as exempting businesses from Virginia sales and use taxes.
This new economy holds great promise for the United States. We pioneered human outer space travel and we should be the ones to chart the new chapter in this great adventure. There needs to be a great deal of federal regulatory reform in this arena — mostly to keep the government away from red taping the industry to death.