It is undeniable that one of the United States' strengths is its capitalist society, where private or corporate ownership is involved in the production and distribution of capital goods.2 However, the government still controls the majority of the space industry. Why? It is t because private companies cant handle it. The past is filled with private companies handling'big science' projects.3 So, what is holding back the commercial space industry? What are the challenges? Will there be a time when the public considers space a private enterprise and t a government one? These are important questions for both private and government sectors.