This is an opportunity for aerospace companies to test their satellite components in a near-space environment, which includes using high altitude balloons (or weather balloons) for pre-launch satellite tests.
Leveraging robotics for the Lunar Gateway is a compelling strategy. Enabling humans to work through robots will increase the chance of success for the humans. By using robots to handle the early stages of discovery, we can scale our exploration of space quicker and safer.
The Outer Rim Company (TORC) is building a high altitude balloon that can reach space. Our long term vision is to provide transportation of small payloads to space to provide an alternative to rockets to reach altitudes previously unavailable to balloons.