Commercial Space Companies Have Big Plans For The Future
Commercial influence on space is expected to take off in the next couple of years.
Private companies' influence on space is about to expand way past just resupplying the International Space Station.
SpaceVR wants to put a 360-degree camera in orbit, so anyone with a virtual reality headset can look around and appreciate the views — without all the astronaut training.
In 2017, it will launch its satellite aboard a SpaceX supply mission. In the future, the company hopes to put the cameras "around the solar system."
Moon Express is planning a literal moonshot. The company has partnered with NASA to put an unmanned lander on the moon by 2017. It would be the first private company to leave Earth's orbit.
Deep Space Industries wants to provide fuel, air and raw materials to other commercial and non-commercial missions.
For that, it needs to mine asteroids. Its first test flight will attempt to land a probe on a nearby space rock before 2020.
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