(Space) Economics 101

It’s a basic rule of economics that the intersection of the supply and demand curves for a product or service will give you the “market clearing” price. It’s therefore no surprise that if the cost of an item goes down, then the demand for it should increase, assuming normal economic curve profiles. (quick lesson on […]

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Didn’t we already discuss this?

I saw in Space Daily yesterday an interesting take on “spaceports”. The money quote from the sidebar was: “All in all, there are some 20 active, or soon to be active, space launch sites around the world. Last year the total worldwide orbital launch count was 68. Simple arithmetic tells us that the average number […]

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So Much For Space Tourism…

When Dennis Tito flew to ISS, there was an outpouring of cheering from the alt.space community because the era of space tourism was finally here.  Claims were put forth about how the $10m price tag was only the start, to be followed by a decreasing price that would make space accessible to more and more […]

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And there goes the Moon, or “Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!”

So, if the alt.space gossip lines are right, there’s trouble a-brewing in the halls of NASA these days, with the Administrator (Mr. Griffin) apparently not terribly interested in working with the Obama transition point person (Lori Garver). Kudos to Al Fansome for pointing this out (initially on the SpacePolitics.com website, from which this was shamelessly […]

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