Man, this article about a UN Spacy just screams for a modern day interpretation:
Man-made satellite rocketships may soon revolve in endless orbits around the earth, policing our civilization.
Via Boing Boing
UPDATE: Add the Rocket Racing League into the mix, and you're in business:
"The Rocket Racing League on Monday detailed plans to move from a sci-fi fantasy to a full-fledged commercial enterprise — including 'vertical drag races' using rockets."