Pretense of Competition: U.S. National Security Space Launch

There’s little disagreement that rocket science is hard. But why insist on ineffective programs that make it harder while limiting the competition?

Focus On: ULA’s Challenges, Part 2

The second part of an earnest look at ULA’s challenges. And SpaceX released a Starship "flight plan," which is interesting, but aspirational (this week).

Building the Space Force on a Sandy Foundation

A case of garbage-in, garbage-out? Or, like Pink’s hit album, Missundaztood? Continuation of USAF confusion about space operations? There are no good choices in this Space Force-focused paper.

SpaceX’s Cyclical Problem

Two years ago, the German magazine “Der Spiegel” interviewed Ariane Group’s Alain Charmeau (translation of that interview, here). The interview initially focused on the development of and launch plans for Arianespace’s newest rocket, the Ariane 6 (which might be launched in 2020). However, during the interview, “Der Spiegel” mentioned the fact that SpaceX’s Falcon 9… Continue reading SpaceX’s Cyclical Problem