eSpace Hopes to Ignite Entrepreneurial Space Ventures

CNN has an interesting piece about eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a new incubator that is a collaboration between the University of Colorado and SpaceDev.

In a cavernous testing facility called the “Incubator,” specialized equipment recreates the unique conditions of a journey into space — from platforms that mimic the violent shaking at liftoff to chambers that replicate space’s bitter cold and complete vacuum.

This is home to eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship, a not-for-profit partnership between SpaceDev, Inc., a private aerospace company, and the University of Colorado. Launched last month, eSpace helps fledgling aerospace companies try out new gadgetry and meet NASA specifications.

“One of the most important things in making space hardware is that it’s going to [have to] work in space, because you can’t repair it,” said Scott Tibbitts, executive director of eSpace. “It’s up there, it has to work.”

Tibbitts believes that in the near future, NASA‘s programs will be supplemented more often by entrepreneurial space ventures. He thinks eSpace can help these companies work toward making space exploration more affordable and accessible to private citizens.

I wish them luck. It’s a tough economy out there. On the other hand, corporate America is chock full of creative people who are often stuck in mindless bureaucratic machines that make use of a fraction of their talent. Centers like this one could be just the thing to help them reach their full potential.

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