Moving up and out doesn’t eliminate all earthly concerns.
People still get sick. We have to eat. Ideas still need to get conveyed.
Obviously, private space is unlike any field before it, if for no other reason than we’re doing what, until now, only governments have been doing. The difference is that governments (in theory) provide nearly everything people in those agencies need to get by.
It’s not quite that easy for civilians.
I really don’t see any reason why it should stay that way, though. I freely admit I don’t have the business acumen to start it myself, but there are things that private space companies need.
First off, our own health insurance company, exclusive to the field. Yes, the government now hypothetically provides that, but as near as I can tell, it’s not being very well-received. In any case, it wouldn’t hurt to include other types of insurance as well, like life, renters, home owners, and car insurance.
Who doesn’t have to eat? That’s hardly exclusive to spacers, and we don’t need any special food that nobody else does, but imagine a line of food, or perhaps restaurants, aimed at us. It would be nice if spacers had a place to go, just for them, to unwind, grab dinner, and interact with other spacers. Since we’re spread out all over the world, it couldn’t be just one place, of course, but I like to think the idea has merit.
I’ve also noticed that spacers tend to have a propensity for books. I know firsthand that getting a book published is not easy, so why can’t we have our own specialized publishing agency and printing house? Granted, many books are now electronic (like ‘Out There’), but signing a reader’s tablet is a good way for the author to get slapped or at least yelled at.
Due to some…unfortunate…experiences with a certain delivery service over the holidays, the idea of a proprietary courier has crossed my mind. Having your package delivered by the same person who picks it up would simplify things, but realistically it would also make the delivery a bit more expensive. On the other hand, the extra cost may be worth it.
Will any of the above happen? Well, maybe. Ultimately, I guess if enough of us see the need for any or all of them, it’ll happen. I think that in time the need will become apparent to all of us.
If you have any ideas I haven’t thought of for spacer support, I’d love to hear them.
Odds are that I’m not the only one.