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A Frontier Too Far?Edit
The State of Space, circa 2027.
An impoverished NASA and a marginalized European Space Agency mean the dream of travel to Mars and beyond goes unfulfilled; only China’s and America’s militaries field regular flights, watching each other down the barrels of their particle cannons. In space, the coldest of cold wars rumbles on; echoing the NATO/Soviet confrontations of the 1980’s.
At present, the only space science of any note is taking place at Moonbase Omega, a small colony near Clavius. Plans to expand the facility exist, but it may be some time before they come to fruition.
However, in near-earth orbit corporate interests thrive, with automated orbital factories producing materials in microgravity environments, among constellations of communications and spy satellites. Other plans for space commercialization are in development, including an orbital resort for the mega-rich. A slow and steady corporate takeover of the “high frontier” looms.