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.

Virgin Orbit and the CAA: A Cry for Harry Tuttle?

What’s a bureaucracy for but to keep Icarus down? Virgin Orbit is facing its own Brazil and may do so again…and again…and again…

Driving Innovation Away: SpaceX and Its Culture Problem

Elon Musk and his space company are pushing the industry to the future. But the company’s workplace toxicity, culture, and management behaviors should remain firmly in the past.

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!

Examining 2021 Space Industry Trends

Contemplation is healthy for the soul, even if it's regarding the space industry.

Astra’s Launch, Its Market(s); Musk’s Interview and Management

Astra successfully launches a rocket and will use customers as beta testers for its service; the market it is entering won't be as profitable as legacy space launch.

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.

Bored With Inspiration4 (and Why That’s Great)

Inspiration4 was boring, but maybe that's a good thing (which other launch companies should contemplate). And, the DoD is conflicted about its ground systems.

Counting the Days of Amazon and Blue Origin

Why can't Blue Origin be successful like Amazon? Perhaps culture accounts for the difference.