Journal of Air Law and Commerce


The space industry—whose numbers are already substantial—has undeniable potential for further growth. However, because it no longer consists of only multibillion-dollar companies, the industry needs access to traditional financing. Venture capital alone is insufficient. This Article discusses some difficulties for the space industry’s access to traditional—and especially asset-based—financing. Some are common to all space activities, while some exist only for novel space activities. These difficulties cover a broad range of legal, regulatory, and factual issues (including insurance). While the problems are difficult, ideas to solve them are plentiful, a number of which the paper discusses. The paper also presents ways in which the industry can do much to advance its own interests. In addition, actions by governments, both at the domestic and the international level, are recommended.



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