‘New Space Age’ sets stage for a big year in space

Blue Origin BE-4 engines
Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engines are currently produced in Kent, Wash. (Blue Origin Photo)

If the dreams of commercial space ventures all come true, the year ahead could bring the biggest rush of rockets the world has known.

We’ll see privately funded landers touching down on the moon, humans taking suborbital space trips on ships built by Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, astronauts riding on space taxis made in the USA by Boeing and SpaceX, and new breeds of rockets big and small.

Not all those dreams will necessarily come true. That’s the way it goes with rocket science. But 2018 holds more than enough promise to get the juices flowing for Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

“2018 is going to be probably the biggest year ever in the commercial marketplace,” he told GeekWire.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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