Last year, my family went out to the coast to spend the holiday with a good friend who does finance and project management work for a large aerospace company out there. We’ve been brainstorming various space business opportunities for some time to see if there were any interesting areas that we could both make money and make a difference in the utilization of space. While we were out there for Thanksgiving, Colin pitched the concept of making the equivalence of a Travel Agency for unmanned space experiments to fly on suborbital vehicles. I thought it was an intriguing idea at the time, but have been too busy to write anything about it (I’m also somewhat reticent to go too much into details that relate to the business of my day job without getting approval from Dave and the others). Anyhow, Colin started a Space Business blog this past month, and one of his first posts is discussing this very idea. I’d suggest reading the whole thing.
Michael Mealling once quipped that it was far easier to take a business guy and get him interested in space, than it was to take an aerospace engineer, and somehow get him to understand business. I’ll admit to being firmly in the “aerospace engineer that’s trying to understand business” category myself, so I think having blogs like Colin’s out there is a trend I hope to see increasing over the years.
Oh, and welcome to the blogroll, Colin!