Arianespace: The Only Fish in the Pond (and Keeping It That Way)

Is a launch company that can’t field rockets for new customers still a launch company? If not, should European leadership still be taking its advice?

Space Industry Opportunities and Follies

I’ve got neither the looks nor the brains, but there are a lot of opportunities. Beware, though, folly is opportunity’s constant companion.

Reviewing Some 2022 Space Industry Trends

Up/down, toward/from–trends are the analyst’s Twitter Joke Format: they’re variations of the same thing, often reused and repeated, but seldom funny.

Revisiting a Few 2022 Space Activities

This article is just the first of my 2022 space industry examinations. The next will examine industry trends.

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.

The Cake is a Lie: Europe’s Ariane 6 Delays

ArianeGroup, ESA, and the EU need more sense of urgency to help Europe gain its space sovereignty. So where is the promised cake?

Indian Launch Industry: OneWeb Provides a Big Hint

Maybe NSIL’s launch of OneWeb’s satellites points to a future in which both companies can update their Peanuts wardrobes?

Euclid’s Choice: A Dilemma Facing Other Space Operators

Soyuz is a Russian-made rocket, no longer available to Europe’s Arianespace. Is contemplating a particular alternative not in Europe’s interest? Especially if there are no logical alternatives?

Third Mover Disadvantage: ArianeGroup & Reusability

ArianeGroup’s love/hate relationship with rocket reusability continues. It loves government money thrown its way, parroting political purposes, as it grudgingly ventures into reusability development.

Compromised Capabilities: Smallsats As Tools, Not Cornerstones

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