The head of one of the companies that would become Airbus once gave journalists a translation lesson.“Whenever you hear us say a program is ‘strategic,’ what we mean is we don’t earn a dime on it,” he said. “Launchers are strategic for us.”
SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh, in a May 18 op-ed column, addresses concerns about the health of the commercial satellite industry.
The space renaissance will require three strong pillars for long-term success: national security, civil space, and commercial space. A strong commercial pillar leads to an integrated aerospace ecosystem and a secure future in space.
The diversity, distribution and protection of orbital assets are essential attributes of resiliency that enhance the government’s integrated SATCOM architecture, ensuring the government can operate in all environments, even when contested.
Since we first started placing objects into space there have been 11 known low Earth orbit collisions, and three known collisions at geostationary orbit. Think of it: 135 space shuttle flights, all of the Apollo, Gemini and Mercury flights, hundreds of telecommunications satellites, 1,300 functioning satellites on orbit today, half a million total objects in space larger than a marble, and fewer than 15 known collisions. Why do people worry?
Daniel Gouré’s op-ed “Why Does The Air Force Want To Destroy The Struggling U.S. Space Launch Business?” is inaccurate and misleading.
Dan Gouré is vice president of the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va-based think tank that receives money from Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
The U.S. Air Force appears to have formulated the perf…
As executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Rick Ambrose has worked to position the company to win its share of government and commercial business, taking a particularly keen interest as the Defense Department plans its future satellite architectures.
There is growing awareness throughout the nation of the value and importance of U.S. leadership in space exploration. The public, industry and policymakers agree that it is in America's best interest to remain a leader in space.
As the commercial satellite imaging industry grows, it is worth revisiting what principles should guide the approach that government takes to regulate it.
With a busy launch manifest and big backlog, SpaceX is the fastest growing provider of launch services and one the hardest places to land a job. Here are three things you should know if you’re bold enough to throw your name into the ring.
Op-ed | Ending ban on retired ICBMs would allow U.S. companies to reclaim small satellite launch market
Orbital ATK's Scott Lehr makes the case for letting U.S. industry use retired ICBMs to launch commercial satellites.
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides that relaxing longstanding restrictions on using surplus ICBM motors to launch commercial satellites would harm ventures poised to bring new launch services to market.