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SDA’s Nudge Exposes Legacy Challenges

Northrop Grumman’s latest subcontracting announcement to fulfill an SDA contract is part of a U.S. space industry trend. But does that trend expose weakness or opportunity?

Pretense of Competition: U.S. National Security Space Launch

There’s little disagreement that rocket science is hard. But why insist on ineffective programs that make it harder while limiting the competition?

Driving Innovation Away: SpaceX and Its Culture Problem

Elon Musk and his space company are pushing the industry to the future. But the company’s workplace toxicity, culture, and management behaviors should remain firmly in the past.

Missed Opportunities? Space and the Human Body

Many global space economy estimates and excited growth pronouncements seem to leave something meaningful out of their equations. That omission is only human.

Chasing Dreams: SNC and Spirit Defense and Space

Using word combinations such as "commercialization of space" and "access to the space economy" sounds good. Does SNC know what those words mean?

China: Starlink Obsession

For various reasons, Starlink seems to be one of the biggest worries to China’s leaders since the first open internet. Maybe it’s the “open” part that worries them the most?

Boeing’s Successful Starliner Flight Test: And Then??

It’s great that Boeing is experiencing success with its latest Starliner test flight. Does that success translate to a fruitful future?

Astra’s Rocket Spin

Do Astra’s three C’s (capacity, cadence, and cost) lure the last of the three F’s?

Compromised Capabilities: Smallsats As Tools, Not Cornerstones

Examining a smallsat report from the Atlantic Council using hatchbacks and trailer trucks.

Starlink, China, and Upset Plans

Arianespace and Viasat complaining about SpaceX and Starlink are par for the course. But when China openly worries, maybe the company is doing something right?