Space Delivery

Space delivery

In the not too distant future, space travel beyond Earth’s orbit will become more the norm than the exception. Missions to both the moon and Mars are already planned in the near future, with permanent colonies in the works for both locations. As such living arrangements are made outside the protection of Earth’s atmospheric shell, could a demand for delivery to these cosmic locations be handled by a familiar shipping company?

The Postal Service handles package delivery to many remote locations across rugged terrain throughout the United States. Some of these journeys are not easy ones to make, particularly during inclement weather. Still, the passion postal employees demonstrate in making sure customers receive mail that connects them to the rest of the world is unmatched by any other organization. Could the services of these determined men and women be expanded to serve the needs of off-worlders?

Shipping competitors are already exploring the possibility of payload delivery into orbit, including satellites and essential materials for the International Space Station. The need for space delivery is growing by the year as new and replacement equipment is shuttled into space, and the technology to make the venture more affordable is advancing rapidly. If USPS begins the process of planning its entrance into the celestial ring of delivery soon, it could prove to be a dominant player in a potentially high profit industry.

Do you think the Postal Service should explore the possibility of deliveries to a space station, off-world colony, or other space-based location?

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6 Comments

  1. Jonn

     /  October 6, 2014

    I really hope I get to see something like this in my lifetime. I’ll be too old to rocket up into space by then, but maybe I’ll be able to experience it live with a 3D immersion environment like Oculus or something more advanced. Wouldn’t that be totally awesome?

  2. Postal worker

     /  October 7, 2014

    Yes Jonn, that really would be pretty awesome. And yes, the USPS should be paying attention and should be delivering to future colonies.

  3. grannybunny

     /  October 7, 2014

    If USPS got involved, it would probably have to be along the lines of the railway mail delivery, in which other entities provided the vehicles, but the Postal Service provided the people and performed the service, since USPS will never have the funds for the necessary hardware.

  4. Anonymous

     /  October 7, 2014

    Lets just worry about delivering mail to the correct mailbox on this planet first!

  5. Anonymous

     /  October 8, 2014

    I can’t even get them to pick up my outgoing letters…

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