As airplanes fly lazily over a house on approach to Dulles Airport outside Washington, a father holds out an iPhone. The phone identifies each plane, its origin and destination, for his 7-year-old daughter using an app called Plane Finder. This app was written by a small company called pinkfroot and downloaded for $2.99. Whether or not you think identifying planes in flight is a useless thing for a phone to be able to do, in this story you can find the reason why the United States will soon be a second-rate space power, as well as the answer to reversing this decline.
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