Policing the Gold Rush in the Skies
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The most difficult question about whether the new gold rush will succeed or fail is not what most people might think. It is not whether we are smart enough to invent new space technology to make these ventures profitable. Here we will succeed. It is not whether we can work out agreements to let New Space commerce proceed to reap the vast riches that populate the Solar System. People doubted the wisdom of the Louisiana Purchase, the future market for computers, or even the need for a patent office because all the useful inventions had supposedly already been conceived. But people who bet against future progress tend to be wildly wrong.
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