Space Exploration Obstacles and “Miracle” Solutions

Ill-defined property laws aren’t the only reason prospectors haven’t staked and mined claims in space. They may not even be the most relevant. Here’s a reason with significant mass behind it.

Russia Positioning, Navigation, and Timing: GLONASS and Mexico

GLONASS is Russia’s military PNT system. So why is the Mexican government interested in helping it out?

Amazon Project Kuiper: Enabler of Fictional Rockets?

Amazon's Project Kuiper chooses not just one but three launch providers for its satellites. And commercial space companies take political decisions away.

Bluster II: the Breakup

What happens if you take away space opportunities and no one notices or cares? We’ll find out soon, once Rogozin stops shooting himself and Roscosmos in the foot.

3Q21 Orbital Space Launch Review

How many orbital rockets did each nation launch during 2021's third quarter? And do the launches indicate a vibrant commercial market?

The Russian Tantrum and Threat

Russia is threatening to take its ISS toys and go home, but leaving will hurt them more than anyone else. Also, a Texas representative may be ascribing Earth-moving powers to bureaucracy.

Focus On: ULA’s Challenges, Part 3

The last of a ULA analysis series. ULA's strategic plan is dissonant with reality. What changes must it make? Can it?

Bluster: Thoughts on Rogozin’s Response to SpaceX/NASA

It should be obvious to everyone that Roscosmos’ chief, Dmitry Rogozin, is very irritated by SpaceX in particular, and everyone else in...

SpaceX’s Cyclical Problem

Two years ago, the German magazine “Der Spiegel” interviewed Ariane Group’s Alain Charmeau (translation of that interview, here). The interview initially focused on the development of and launch plans for Arianespace’s newest rocket, the Ariane 6 (which might be launched in 2020). However, during the interview, “Der Spiegel” mentioned the fact that SpaceX’s Falcon 9… Continue reading SpaceX’s Cyclical Problem