Space has always been out there while we’ve been stuck down here, but that is all changing, and faster than most of us are able to comprehend. Commercial companies are now designing and building rockets that are cheaper, better and more reliable than anything NASA has created itself. Businesses now shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, run their own space ports, and send constellations of toaster-sized satellites into space to gather data on everything happening, as it happens, across our planet.
Anthemis is a financial services advisory firm that launched a print magazine in October 2018, Hacking Finance, to look at financial topics from unusual angles. I was commissioned to write about the business of space exploration and development.
I interviewed half a dozen people, from space policy experts to satellite startup founders, for this series of articles, which combined meticulous attention to detail with a vibrant, easy-to-read tone.