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.

Astra’s Rocket Spin

Do Astra’s three C’s (capacity, cadence, and cost) lure the last of the three F’s?

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.

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.

Right ’round About Spinlaunch and Rocket Lab’s Latest Acquisition

Spinlaunch has conducted a very short suborbital "launch." But its projected launch pricing is enticing. Also, a look at Rocket Lab's acquisition of PSC.

Project Kuiper’s Imaginary Rocket, Astra Space’s Broadband Distraction

Amazon's Project Kuiper team rolls the dice on launch, and Astra Space can't seem to focus on its main goal.

Varda Space Industries’ Logical Choice; Blue Origin’s Unhappy Workforce

Varda Space choosing SpaceX for launch services makes sense. Blue Origin's inept management of its workforce appears not to.

3Q21 Orbital Space Launch Review

How many orbital rockets did each nation launch during 2021's third quarter? And do the launches indicate a vibrant commercial market?