A Learning Opportunity: Blue Origin’s New Shepard Failure

When launch gives you lemons, learn. And then pass along the lessons.

Examining 2021 Space Industry Trends

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

Right ’round About Spinlaunch and Rocket Lab’s Latest Acquisition

Spinlaunch has conducted a very short suborbital "launch." But its projected launch pricing is enticing. Also, a look at Rocket Lab's acquisition of PSC.

What’s Rad in the Suborbital Spaceflight Business?

How concerned about radiation do suborbital spaceflight passengers need to be? And two more nations are pushing their space programs to commercial companies.

Focus On: Virgin Galactic’s Wild Ride–Future of Spaceflight or Fair Ride?

With a major milestone out of the way, is Virgin Galactic primed for becoming the future of suborbital human spaceflight?

Questions about the Commercial Space Industry’s Future (and some answers)

My attempt to address a few questions about the future of the commercial space industry.

Virgin Galactic’s Fumble

Passengers take Virgin at its word about safety when they fly on the airline. Should they for the spaceline? Also, Sandy Munro visits the Starship/Super Heavy factory.

2020 Commercial Global Space Market, Part 1: The Year of Government Dependence

While the global space industry was busy and profitable during 2020, perhaps its activities and profits are not signs of a healthy “commercial” space sector.

LauncherOne Customers and DoD Wish Fulfillment

If Virgin Orbit launches a proper business, will the DoD's wish finally come true? Or is it a case of being “careful what you wish for?”

Virgin Galactic 1Q20: Company Keeps Moving Right Along

Virgin Galactic’s earnings call for the first quarter of 2020 contained no surprises: it lost money. But without an operational service yet, and COVID-19 impacts, how would it have ever made money this last quarter? On the bright side, it gained 400 more reservations for a seat on its SpaceShipTwo rocketplane. And the company's talking… Continue reading Virgin Galactic 1Q20: Company Keeps Moving Right Along