Open Source has changed the world. You’re reading this now because the tools used to build, host, and manage this site are totally open. The whole internet and everything it entails has been built on open source. Without open source you wouldn’t be able to find books on Amazon, hear music on Spotify or find that hot match on Tinder.
Open source is working in space as well. Cubesats are open hardware microsatellites, with blueprints available for anyone to modify. Because they’re easy and cheap to build, almost 350 have launched or plan to launch. There are also open source ground stations, rockets, robotic telescopes, and much more.
But open source can’t make money, right?
Between 2011 and 2012 there was an 80% increase in open-source venture investment, from $307 million to $553 million, and there was an estimated $2 billion in open source software sales in 2013.
There are a variety of business models for open source to ensure financial sustainability.