A New Frontier: building mixed-use business parks in low-Earth orbit


Space transportation has helped drive humanity forward for several decades, but now our planet’s low-Earth orbit is opening new horizons for commerce, scientific research and technological innovation.

So what can people and companies achieve in space that can’t be done down here?

Developing advanced platforms in space – similar in concept to the International Space Station – enables scientists to conduct new research on living organisms and bio-engineering using microgravity, for example.

Outside of the laboratory, new commercial or manufacturing possibilities using zero gravity environments could be realized, with the fruits of these advances transported back down to Earth.

And how many of us yearn to explore beyond our world? In future, people could travel to space hotels and view our world from a different perspective.

Far from science fiction, as this video shows, these opportunities are fast-becoming scientific fact. But the key to developing the mixed-use space platforms of tomorrow rests on reliable, safe and competitive launch services, to transport people and other payloads into low-Earth orbit and back again.  

Johnny Wood

Johnny Wood

Johnny Wood has been a journalist for over 15 years working in different parts of the world – Asia, Europe and Middle East. He specialises in the energy transition, sustainability and innovation.

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