In the almost 50 years since the first human being left the atmosphere, no one had ever done so without the help of a government agency. During that time it became common wisdom that space travel was too dangerous, too expensive, and too impractical for anyone other a major government to undertake. But all of that has changed.
Author Michael Belfiore’s new book is called Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldy Privatizing Space. Belfiore joined Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to talk about the future of the industry, which has been fueled by contests like the X-Prize.