By Stan Bush

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– The announcement of new manned American space flights has aerospace insiders declaring Friday the beginning of a new era – where commercial business will launch science and technology off the planet.

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“It’s kind of this Wright Brother’s moment transitioning from government only space flight to this public private partnership,” says Phil Larson, a former Obama science advisor and assistant dean at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Applied Science.

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Larson foresees a future where companies use space flight in a competition to fully connect the globe with gig-speed internet, open space tourism, or even mine for rare minerals on passing asteroids.

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The possibilities are endless for science and finance. Larson says the first trillionaire could be made in the space industry.

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“You and I can go. We can pick up a space Uber. This announcement was the beginning of it,” adds Larson.

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Colorado companies stand to benefit. Virtually every current space launch uses at least one aspect of a Colorado-based aerospace company.

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The nine astronauts introduced today will be tasked with the first missions taking space vehicles made by Boeing and Space-X to the International Space Station.

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Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.

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