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.

Revisiting a Few 2022 Space Activities

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

SLS, Orion, Artemis: Mind the Gap

The successful launch of Artemis 1 is a step. But is it a step to an abyss or to an actual, attainable plan?

Mass, Frequency, Reliability: Comparing 2022 China and U.S. launches

Counting launches is helpful, but the resulting total yields an incomplete picture from which to extract a story. All launches aren’t the same and understanding that helps give readers a clear picture.

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?

The Michigan Launch Initiative: The Road Traveled Too Often

Stadium, spaceport, and monorail proposals have a few things in common. Unfortunately, one significant commonality relies on twisting facts and supplying doses of unrealistic optimism.

A Learning Opportunity: Blue Origin’s New Shepard Failure

When launch gives you lemons, learn. And then pass along the lessons.

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.