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?

Starlink and the Future Battlefield

A lot of positive press releases promote Starlink’s role in Ukraine. Some are probably even true. Also, an answer to a question concerning a potential single point of failure.

Thinking About: Rocket Lab’s About-Face

What do Rocket Lab's plans for a just-right rocket mean for current and future competitors? Are chasing constellations reason enough for switching?

Seeing Infrared, Part 3: What Does Nearly $3 Billion Buy?

Part 3: It must be nice to never pay attention to a customer's needs, nor offer a compelling product with ground support. SMC's gotchya.

Process, Control, the SDA’s SpaceX Selection

Expect more crocodile tears and handwringing from lawmakers as SDA bypasses NSSL for cheaper, more-responsive, launch prices.

LauncherOne Customers and DoD Wish Fulfillment

If Virgin Orbit launches a proper business, will the DoD's wish finally come true? Or is it a case of being “careful what you wish for?”

SpaceX, Propellant Depots, and Rocket Markets

SpaceX wins from NASA a contract to develop a capability. ULA had tried to get that funding over a decade ago...

The Beginning of the End (of Expensive Satellites)?

The Space Development Agency awarded an infrared satellite manufacturing contract to SpaceX. Why didn't it choose traditional manufacturers?

Looking at the Space Development Agency’s Tracking Layer Selections

The following covers a topic that was long near and dear to my heart: low Earth-orbiting satellites with infrared sensors scanning...

York Gets SDA Job; Airbus Sees U.S. Government Opportunity

While it’s not clear from the story, York may be using its “S-Class” satellite bus for the SDA...