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.

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?

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, 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?

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.

DoD Dreams of Grandeur and Influence in Commercial Space

DOD’s vision of how commercial space markets work seems to be generated from a standpoint of self-importance. But history and current healthy markets diverge from the DoD’s vision--thankfully.

Human Spaceflight: Being Taken for a Ride

In the space sector, there appear to be at least three types of businesses offering to take people for a ride.

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.

U.S. Rocket Launch Market: Strictly Commercial?

Even with COVID-19 having its way with the world, space launch services worldwide were busy. Does it imply a healthy commercial market?

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?