The Commercial Space

Jake had never been to space. That in and of itself wasn’t really all that weird, given that commercial space flight had only really taken off in the last ten years. Still largely the domain of the rich or the sweepstakes winner. In fact this trip wouldn’t have been possible if not for Gram’s untimely passing. Having married successfully several times she had a sizable estate. She had been planning a trip to the station for months, it was the latest of her routine trips to the far corners of the globe, this time the corner was going to be a little bit farther. The Lawsuit had added extra padding to Jakes inheritance. Hard to believe companies couldn’t keep the proximity sensors maintained on their delivery trucks even in this day and age.

So here sits Jake, waiting in the recently completed Space Launch Annex of Los Angeles International Airport off the coast of Southern CA. The LAX Space Launch was a pretty nice place, it should be it was only a year old. Having never been in the other space launch annexes Jake had no frame of reference for it’s amenities but he assumed it was right up there with the best of them.

The Space Launch Annex is essentially a floating city. About 5 miles in diameter, complete with its own services; police, trash, even a mayor, or rather an administrator. A space launch annex is really a pretty neat place, even if you aren’t going to be on the space plane actually going to space. Technologically speaking they’re the most advanced locations on Earth. Which makes sense since they send and receive space planes 24 hours a day. LAX is the third to be completed, the Sydney Australia project just broke ground.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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