My commentary on commercial spaceflight and its relevance to this month’s Sputnik anniversary just went up on the website of Financial Times.

Choice quote, from former space shuttle astronaut and now author Tom Jones:

“I think we’re stepping into a new era of human spaceflight,” says Thomas Jones. “The ranks of astronauts will be augmented by commercial pilots and adventure guides accompanying the passengers into orbit. They’ll be industrial astronauts, if you will, maybe building their own resort facility, or more likely an industrial facility in orbit.”