TransAstra expects its future costs and profits to go as follows: for the first four year, the company will be supported by NASA grants and investment loans, as it tests optical mining technology and prepares for flight demonstrations. After this period, TransAstra expects profits to slowly rise as it is able to sell propellant from the Honey Bee to NASA and commercial flights. The large drops in profits mark the development and implementation of a new forms of revenue, such as new depots, lunar mining, or Mars exploration.
TransAstra looks to the future with optimism. With the application of asteroid mining, production of reusable spacecraft, and the ability to refuel in orbit, launch costs would be greatly reduced. This would allow more launches to occur, lessening the requirements per launch and the need for reliability. Having more commercial flights allows for significantly more time and money spent on developing cost effective space travel, further reducing the costs. TransAstra will assist in this eventuality by providing propellant for spacecraft from depots in space. Spacecraft will then not need to exponentially increase costs by being required to launch with all of their needed propellant from Earth.
The current economic trends of the space industry make affordable missions nearly impossible. Due to the high costs of launches, there is an inability to service satellites, causing a need for over engineered satellites and launch systems to ensure that they both work 100% of the time. This causes further cost growth, which then compounds with other problems to form an unworkable and unaffordable system.