Sept. 26 2014 12:51 PM

Last summer, PARCEL published an article I penned called Space. 

Expansion of what could easily become the world’s biggest industry with brand new boundaries, apparently plenty of capital, vision that is outer space and creativity in abundance is accelerating.

Virgin Galactic continues to expand its SpacePort in New Mexico and is manufacturing passenger space craft in Southern California. You can actually book a flight on their website ( as they report 530 other people have already done. Richard Branson is their CEO and is no virgin at being a successful entrepreneur with a multitude of Virgin brands.

SpaceX just committed to build in Brownsville, TX. Elon Musk is also a serial entrepreneur with Paypal and Tesla as mega brands to back him up.
FedEx has opened FedEx Space Solutions to design, customize and sell commercial applications of moving product into space. I will presume they will also move product from space back to earth and of course product from one space location to another. How far away could one planet to another be? I looked into archives and found this FedEx commercial that aired on Super Bowl 2007; I believe you will find enjoyable: 

Richard Garriott lives not too far from me in Austin. His father was an Astronaut, but he didn’t qualify because of his vision. To compensate, he became a very successful video game developer. He then reportedly paid Russia $35 million to be a Cosmonaut on their Soyuz TMA flight to the international space station. There truly is more than one way to reach an objective. He also has a planetarium on his roof.

To put this into plain American: The race is on, it is going to last for a very long time, fortunes will be made and you are part of it.

As you absorb this, consider the five modes of transportation: air, water, land, rail and pipeline. Isn’t space a completely new mode since there is no air out there? I humbly suggest we call this mode Space.

According to science, primarily based on Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, it will take light years to get to other solar systems. Someone needs to get busy inventing just how we are going to move some freight at the speed of light. This will definitely mean we will have yet another mode of transportation to feed the ever speed-hungry supply chain. Perhaps we should call it Light.

I can’t wait to see the rate tables. UPS’ adobe download is currently 146 pages with some very fine print. I don’t think they offer much water, rail or pipeline or any space or light pricing.

P.S. I want you to know it was hard not to include my name in these new modes, but I held back because I am just reporting this to you, not discovering or actually inventing anything. I did change my byline below to say galactical. It is also kind of interesting to note that Microsoft word did not initially accept spaceport or galactical until I ordered it to do so. It is always nice to be a little bit ahead of Bill Gates; I am sure you will agree.

Rob Shirley is CEO of ExpresShip, a strategic consultancy in the galactical supply chain, to contact him: or visit