Mass, Frequency, Reliability: Comparing 2022 China and U.S. launches

Counting launches is helpful, but the resulting total yields an incomplete picture from which to extract a story. All launches aren’t the same and understanding that helps give readers a clear picture.

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.

Compromised Capabilities: Smallsats As Tools, Not Cornerstones

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

One Symposium Trend: Smallsat manufacturing

Sure, there were plenty of announcements from Space Symposium, but none were as potentially impactful as Amazon’s press release. While no other “big” PR’s came out, one trend continued.

General Atomics LINCS; Wyler’s New Space Constellation

General Atomics seems to be blaming SpaceX for its satellite troubles. And Greg Wyler decides an order of magnitude is too small for a satellite constellation.

Astra’s Challenges; Loft Orbital Goes Bigger

More concerns about Astra, but from a finance group. Does Loft's agreement with Airbus mean more payloads per satellite or larger payloads?

Examining 2021 Space Industry Trends

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

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.

Musings About: SpaceX and Swarm Technologies

SpaceX acquires Swarm Technologies, but not all acquisitions are successful. Is it a case of peanut butter and chocolate? Do SpaceX's reasons, whatever they are, outweigh the acquisition risks?

2Q21 Spacecraft Deployment Review

While 2021 launches have yet to eclipse records, satellite deployments already have. Read on to see how many satellites have deployed during the first half of 2021.