The biggest problem of the space transportation industry is its reliance on primitive technologies. We are not going to colonize the moon or the rest of the solar system, let alone the nearest star systems, with a bunch of expensive, cumbersome and dangerous rockets. And it makes no difference whether the rockets are basedf on chemistry or use plasma acceleration powered by on-board nuclear reactions. Any propulsion technology based on old-fashioned Newtonian reactive physics is primitive to the extreme.
But, soon, all that will change. There is cause to suppose that physics is about to undergo a radical paradigm shift that will forever transform the way we travel and generate power. A reevaluation of our understanding of the causality of motion reveals that we are immersed in an immense lattice of energetic particles. We will have vehicles that can go almost anywhere at tremendous speeds and negotiate right angle turns without slowing down and without incurring any damage due to inertial effects. Floating sky cities, earth to Mars in hours, New York to Beijing in minute. That's the future of energy and travel.
My advice to all policy shapers and decision makers in the energy production and global transportation arena is this: take a good look at the writing on the wall and prepare yourselves for the coming changes around the corner.