You might be excused for not paying too much attention to space matters. It has been a sleepy hollow for many years, away from the cut and thrust of ATM reform, unfair subsidies and consumer rights. When space makes the news it is because some very rich person has decided to tackle the last frontier for reasons that seem to be as connected to ego as commerce.
But that image is wrong. In May, US House of Representative appropriators approved an amendment to a bill that will raise the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation’s FY2017 budget by $1 million.
The budget increase, amongst other signs, portend further expansion of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation.