Tuesday, December 05, 2006

NASA Plans to Outsource Shipping to Space

Last week I discussed the virtual future of logistics and this week my post is on the real future of logistics. An article in the December issue of Popular Mechanics writes that NASA is going to outsource the logistics of shipping water, food, clean clothes for the International Space Station. The so-called 3PLs getting the business aren't 3PLs at all, but NASA partners, SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler, who are each getting $100M in seed money to essentially develop a transportation vehicle to deliver shipments in space. Can you imagine this senario, "Hi, this is Captain Smith of the International Space Station, we are running low on water and I was wondering were package #47382749273892 is in route"? Operator, "Hello, Captain Smith, that package is just passing the Ozone layer and should be docking at 15:00."

Is FedEx Space around the corner? Will we be seeing Brown Space Shuttle's leaving from Cape Canaveral? What do you think?

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