Via Satellite is no more — well, at least for one month. We have decided that as we live in unprecedented times, and space has suddenly found its way again into our mainstream consciousness, we wanted to do an edition all about space — rather than just satellites. We have launched Via Space to tackle such topics like the lunar economy, space tourism, and the impact of space debris, etc. The first ever edition (and definitely not the last) of Via Space is a groundbreaking edition for the whole editorial team at Via Satellite.
So, why did we decide to do this? There is no doubt that there is so much interest right now in this latest race to space. Companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic/Orbit, backed by their flamboyant, celebrity CEOs are engaged in a battle to make concepts that were previously the realm of science fiction, a reality. Space tourism, space hotels, communities living away from Earth, are no longer pipe dreams for the future, but actual shared, common goals. It is an exciting time. Space tourism, for example, may no longer be the preserve of incredibly wealthy individuals going forward — although, I don’t see trips to space appearing on booking.com anytime soon!
However, with issues such as climate change and the dwindling of the Earth’s resources, it seems in the future, people on Earth will have to find new resources and opportunities away from our home planet. Over the next few years, we will likely see the start of a proper space tourism industry — an industry surrounding lunar resources, as well as seeing people taking regular trips into space. The countdown has began.
That is why we are so excited to bring you Via Space. Via Satellite tended to talk mainly just about satellites and the incredible work they do, as well as the communities they serve. But, space is more than just about satellites (as important as they are). The space-based economy is fast approaching, and Via Space will attempt to demystify and educate about what the space environment might look like going forward. We hope you enjoy this edition of the publication, as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.