Outer Space: The New Frontier for Private Enterprise (event archive)
In an attempt to fill the void left by limited government-funded programs, ambitious entrepreneurs are shooting for the stars, literally. Encouraged by the recent successful launch of the SpaceX shuttle to the International Space Station, proponents of private space exploration speak excitedly about possible tourist excursions to Earth’s moon, mining valuable resources from asteroids, and colonizing Mars. Skepticism abounds, however, with critics arguing that the free market is not well suited for long-term, complex, and high-cost investments such as space exploration.
To better understand this debate, we hosted a panel discussion on the future of space exploration. Our guests were Tibor Pacher, head of the Hungarian private space travel company Puli Space Technologies (currently competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE), László Molnár, astronomer and blogger at “Knights of Cydonia Region” and András Gschwindt, leader of the Masat group at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Click here to read the event summary on Paprika Politik.