Don’t mess with space, says the FAA

God, it’s been a while since that little package of Beef Jerky was delivered to the International Space Station. Those were the good old days. Space marketing isn’t looking quite as promising this morning, with news that the Federal Aviation Administration is not especially hip to the idea of billboards in space, whatever their supposed redeeming qualities might be. (The FAA is actually seeking to amend its own rules, which currently do not allow it to regulate such advertising.) “Objects placed in orbit, if large enough, could be seen by people around the world for long periods of time,” the FAA says. Well, yes, that’s kind of the point. “Large advertisements could destroy the darkness of the night sky,” they add. Oh, right. Maybe not such a great idea after all.

—Posted by Tim Nudd