The future of logistics.
“The idea is to create a kind of conveyor belt system that makes it economically feasible to do increasingly large-scale activities in space.
“Build up a fleet of these things in space, space trucks if you will,” Bruno says. Then, “the big, expendable rockets, those are the freight trains. It starts becoming practical to construct large-scale infrastructure and support economic activities in space—a transportation system between here and the moon, practical microgravity manufacturing, commercial habitats, prospecting in the asteroids.” In that scenario, he suggests, low-Earth orbit “becomes the app store of space.”
The big kahuna of American rocket companies is the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin that until this year held a monopoly on the lucrative business of launching rockets for the US Air Force. But that monopoly is no more.