Space Industry Opportunities and Follies

I’ve got neither the looks nor the brains, but there are a lot of opportunities. Beware, though, folly is opportunity’s constant companion.

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?

3Q21 Spacecraft Deployment Review

Launches from around the world remained about the same during the third quarter of 2021. Does that mean the spacecraft deployed also stayed level?

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.

Starship Clones and More Thoughts about ISS Commercialization

News about another non-existent rocket that looks a bit like an existing rocket (again). And--does ISS commercialization make sense today?

1Q21 Spacecraft Deployment Review

Even if Starlink satellites hadn't been deployed during 1Q21, overall commercial satellite deployments were high during 2021's first three months.

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.

Sharing: Money, Missions, Influence

The last post, “Spacecraft Deployments, SpaceX Activities, What Pandemic?” contained quite a few numbers--mainly to do with satellite costs, manufacturing rates, and deployment shares. A part of the article’s focus was to provide a possible reason for why SpaceX might be launching another 60 Starlink satellites during a pandemic. The proposed broadband service provided by… Continue reading Sharing: Money, Missions, Influence

Spacecraft Deployments, SpaceX Activities, What Pandemic?

In about mid-March 2020, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 with a payload of 60 Starlink satellites. The first stage of the Falcon 9 had been launched four times before, making the March launch the fifth one for that stage--a first for SpaceX. The commercial mission was successful with the Falcon 9's upper stage flinging off… Continue reading Spacecraft Deployments, SpaceX Activities, What Pandemic?