This is a very insightful read. Especially for those in the space sector. It’s worth thinking about how API services might operate in our space, even beyond the more obvious software/data heavy supply chain links like GIS. It’s also worth noting the minute difference between a platform and an API. One is for people the other is for robots.
I frequently think about what a Moonshot API/platform might look like. It’s our mission to create a Nexus to bring together all the necessary stakeholders that are needed to grow successful new space ventures. I can see a future where this might be more than a web forum to connect our community, to include an API that does something like directly connecting investors to appropriately risky space startup investment opportunities through an API, or an API for our startups to purchase manufacturing time on a piece of equipment otherwise sitting idle at a local university partner of Moonshot.
I can also imagine a future API for satellite operators to one day very easily order several launch opportunities as they look to manage and update their constellations. I imaging travel agents today have software that uses APIs to make booking travel very easy - why shouldn’t booking launches be just as easy with increased volumes of space payloads? How should all this tie into existing software/business-data infrastructure like Xero or Stripe?