One of the key themes we regularly explore is the democratization of technology.
This is a series of trends and shifts that's giving small businesses - and even individuals - access to tools and capabilities that even recently were only available to large corporations and government agencies.
Add the commercialization of space to this list.
Space for All: Small, cheap, satellites may soon do your bidding, from NBC News, covers cubesats - minature satellites the size of a tissue box that are cheap and easy to build and operate. The NBC News video below (under 2 minutes) nicely explains cubesats.
Nanosatisfi, is getting ready to launch a series of cubesats and is selling access to them for as low as $250.
These will be used to map and monitor the Earth to better understand ecosystem change. But they're also exploring a wide range of commercial applications. They've already successfully launched 2 Doves and are scheduled to release a flock of Doves early next year.
The combination of relatively inexpensive launch systems like Space X and cheap satellites like cubesats is leading to the rapid commercialization of space. Expect to see lots of space-based business activity - and opportunities for small businesses - over the next few years.