A version of this article appears in the August 11/18 double issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Steve Jurvetson says it took him 10 years to find Elon Musk and his “disruptive” vision. Now the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who backed SpaceX (and Tesla Motors) is betting on cubesats as the next smart play. He is not alone, as the trickle-down government-funding squeeze forces the space industry to think small. And Earth is not the only target. The technologies ...

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