The commercial space race is heating up. Whether it's big rockets, or small, there's been significant progress achieved by many companies across the sector. In this episode of Moonshot, we update two space stories to see how far the companies we featured have come.
The race to build a permanent base on the Moon is happening right now, but it raises a bunch of questions about how space is governed. So how do we balance the commercial interests of private enterprise with the desire to have space be for the benefit of all humanity?
As NASA prepares to send astronauts into deep space for extended missions there is a growing concern over how we'll be able to provide enough food for these missions. The solution it seems is in figuring out how to grow plants in space.
50 years ago, NASA landed humans on the Moon. But in 1972, the Apollo program ended and we haven't been back to the Moon since. However, NASA is once again planning to take humans to the Moon and this time is going to build a permanent base.
What happens when companies and countries decide to ignore the rules of space, and who is actually responsible for keeping them in line?
Since the Concorde was retired in 2003 - the world hasn't seen another supersonic transport aircraft. But there are a new wave of companies trying to bring the idea of a supersonic passenger aircraft back from the dead.