Mixed Message: State of the Space Industrial Base 2022

Is there anything impactful from U.S. government observations and recommendations in its report? Yes. But readers may have to muddle through to find them.

Compromised Capabilities: Smallsats As Tools, Not Cornerstones

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

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.

Thoughts About “China’s Space Narrative”

CASI's report, just introduced last week, is a fascinating read, but it's errors don't fill readers with confidence.

France’s Air & Space Force; SMC’s Market Panel

Last week France renamed the French Air Force (l'armée de l'Air) to the Air and Space Force (de l'armée de l'Air et de l'Espace), which...

EO Business Models/Government Influence On EO Startups

When discussing the Earth observation (EO) satellite business, there are the publicized plans/goals space startups...

U.S. Commercial Satellite Communications Observed

Echostar and Viasat seem to be weathering the pandemic just fine based on...

DARPA: Removing Single Points of Failure

This is a goal from a recent article covering the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Blackjack...

Lessons Not Learned, Part Deux

While the first "Lessons Not Learned" analyzed the Space Development Agency's likelihood of achieving its proposed "Space Transport Architecture" on time and on budget, the subject of this analysis was instigated from another Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recently released focusing on the United States Air Force's (USAF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) efforts… Continue reading Lessons Not Learned, Part Deux

An Embarrassment of Pitches: A short history of USAF/SF commercials

It’s time for a little fun at the expense of my former service. This is inspired by the latest release of the U.S. Space Force’s latest advertisement. I’ll get to that in a few paragraphs. I’m just going to state it flat out: the Air Force advertising campaigns have been a mess since at least… Continue reading An Embarrassment of Pitches: A short history of USAF/SF commercials