Space: The Free-Market Frontier. Interview with Edward Hudgins

Michael and Edward Hudgins (of the Atlas Society) get together to talk about SPACE and his book, Space: The Free-Market Frontier.  Hudgins explains government boondoggles related to space stations, space regulation, rocketry, and rocket manufacturing supply chain issues … like depending on Russian manufacturers for all sorts of equipment. He’s even done stuff with Buzz Aldrinwho walked on the moon (and memorably shouted at it with Liz Lemon).


Photo Credit (Atlas Society)

Hudgins, who spent his childhood fascinated with Space and Astronomy, interned at Goddard Space Flight Center and got to follow the first moon landing from a major space center.  Since then, Space has been a passion for him.

Hudgins put together his book with the Cato Institute after a conference he designed on the Free Market and Space.  Hudgins has been working on the free market in space and space travel for some time now.

He points to the deregulation of the air lines that lead to lower prices for consumers.  Despite the deregulation of many industries and sectors, the government maintained a monopoly on space.  However, persistent and innovative entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk of SpaceX, have challenged government monopoly on a practical scale and have revealed commercially available solutions, like a manned capsule to put humans into space.

Hudgins applauds entrepreneurs, innovators, and organizations, like Musk, Robert Bigelow (Bigelow Aerospace), Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin), Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic), Orbital,  and individuals and organizations promoting innovation and development like Peter Diamandis and his X Prize Foundation.

He advocates for allowing human innovation and entrepreneurship to flourish without government regulation and restriction. He encourages free, open-market solutions to space travel to make it more affordable and practical for everybody.

Hudgins has books available at and other retailers.