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?

No Rockets, No Fly: ULA’s Weird Predicament

What's the similarity between ULA's rockets and toilet paper (aside from being one-time use)? What might it mean for the U.S. launch market?

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).

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.

Focus on: U.S. Launch Markets & the CEO’s Lament

This is not the first time we've heard the launch market can't support new players. Do reasons for that assertion make sense? Maybe for ULA.

Process, Control, the SDA’s SpaceX Selection

Expect more crocodile tears and handwringing from lawmakers as SDA bypasses NSSL for cheaper, more-responsive, launch prices.

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...

York Gets SDA Job; Airbus Sees U.S. Government Opportunity

While it’s not clear from the story, York may be using its “S-Class” satellite bus for the SDA...

Reusability, Waste, and Leverage

While the rivalry among industry competitors is entertaining to watch, some episodes during a competition can get downright...

Rocket Lab’s Electron Upgrades and Government Contract Aims

Rocket Lab announced a few weeks ago that its teams have managed to increase the mass its Electron rocket can lift. The Electron was...