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Paul Alp is a counsel with Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C. He brings over fifteen years of experience and innovation in solving complex problems for clients and representing them in high-stakes negotiations, before arbitral tribunals, to administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts throughout the country. A licensed multi-engine commercial pilot and active flight instructor, his practice concentrates in the areas of aviation, disputes, and insurance.

Over recent months, NASA’s plan to replace the space shuttle with commercial space lift has encountered some turbulence. Optimists insist that NASA’s transition to commercially-operated manned spaceflight is inevitable given the ingenuity of public private partnerships, the remarkable opportunities for profit, and the lessons of history. While this may be true, the development of a robust, commercially-viable spaceflight industry involves substantial risk and numerous unknowns. This blog explores in broad strokes the current status and the potential future trajectory of the commercial space flight industry.

We invite a dialog from experts, entrepreneurs, “space flight participants,” and the public. Continue Reading Commercial Space Flight: Recent Turbulence and Promising Future?