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?

Pythom’s Risky Business: The Ethics of Safely Testing Rockets

You know it will be a difficult topic when Pythom keeps autocorrecting to Python. Stupid autocorrect!

U.S. Space Industry’s Perennial Problem

A story of money, space, statistics, and science, and the workforce that doesn't want anything to do with it.

One Symposium Trend: Smallsat manufacturing

Sure, there were plenty of announcements from Space Symposium, but none were as potentially impactful as Amazon’s press release. While no other “big” PR’s came out, one trend continued.

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.

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.

Single Point of Failure: When All Launches Lead to SpaceX

I’ve written a few analyses that noted that relying on SpaceX for spacecraft launches is a problem. A few folks have asked me to clarify that observation.

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.