Reviewing Some 2022 Space Industry Trends

Up/down, toward/from–trends are the analyst’s Twitter Joke Format: they’re variations of the same thing, often reused and repeated, but seldom funny.

The End of the Beginning of the End (of Expensive Satellites)

SpaceX, Starlink, Starshield…will legacy satellite manufacturers undergo the changes the U.S. launch industry did since SpaceX’s launch of the first Falcon 9?

Phantom Space: Running with the Crowd?

Is there anything new and compelling with Phantom Space? Unfortunately, the company’s reasons for existing show a distinct lack of pure imagination.

SDA’s Nudge Exposes Legacy Challenges

Northrop Grumman’s latest subcontracting announcement to fulfill an SDA contract is part of a U.S. space industry trend. But does that trend expose weakness or opportunity?

Seeing Infrared, Part 3: What Does Nearly $3 Billion Buy?

Part 3: It must be nice to never pay attention to a customer's needs, nor offer a compelling product with ground support. SMC's gotchya.

Seeing Infrared, Part 2: Similar Missions, Similar Capabilities

Part 2: The more SMC spends on infrared systems, the more they stay the same...maybe. At least when compared with SBIRS.

Seeing Infrared, Part 1: Large, Big, Fat, Juicy Targets

Part 1: When SMC buys expensive infrared satellites, does a lt. colonel get its wings? Especially if the satellites are still "juicy targets?"

Fun with Numbers: China/U.S. Rocket Launches and Other Activities

Is the U.S. lagging far behind China in launches and satellite deployments in 2020?That's what 2 articles are saying. But they're wrong.

The Beginning of the End (of Expensive Satellites)?

The Space Development Agency awarded an infrared satellite manufacturing contract to SpaceX. Why didn't it choose traditional manufacturers?

Looking at the Space Development Agency’s Tracking Layer Selections

The following covers a topic that was long near and dear to my heart: low Earth-orbiting satellites with infrared sensors scanning...