Opinion section includes op-eds, columns, commentaries and editorials on all things related to the global space business enterprise.
High altitude ballooning has begun to undergo a renaissance that is creating exciting new capabilities, therefore enabling a wide array of new applications of interest to researchers and entrepreneurs in many fields.
The time has come for the U.S. military to let go of the spaceflight safety mission, and allow a civil entity — likely with help from the private sector, academia, and international partners — to create its own public, high-accuracy catalog of space objects, and provide safety of spaceflight services to satellite operators.
Critics of private space ventures and those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo are celebrating and embracing timidity.
Last week’s unfortunate but spectacular on-pad pre-launch destruction of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher and its AMOS-6 commercial satellite payload, and the response over the coming weeks, offers an opportunity to illuminate philosophical differences between the commercial, civil, and national security communities in how they deal with such catastrophes.
Veteran satellite industry analyst Chris Quilty says SpaceX could be looking at a six-month stand down if its accident investigation reveals that internal tankage or plumbing on the Falcon caused the Sept. 1 pre-flight failure.
Yahlive's chief executive says the company has succeeded in building a large base of Farsi-language viewers from its 52.5 degrees east slot despite being a late entry into a crowded satellite television broadcast region.
Few people knew that a SpaceX Falcon 9 was on the pad Sept. 1 for a static fire test of the rocket’s nine first stage engines until something went spectacularly, horribly wrong.
Should SpaceX's loss of a Falcon 9 rocket and its Amos-6 satellite payload count as a launch failure, or something else? Let us know.
"The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) creates these incredibly detailed satellite maps for governments,” says Bill Gates. “They found that there were villages in Nigeria, which has the highest rate of polio resurgence in the world, that have never shown up on any map."
Space is the place for a variety of missile defense tasks — including launch detection, tracking, discrimination, intercept, and kill assessment.
This week the nation’s top space and missile defense military and industry leaders will gather in one place, Huntsville, Alabama, for the 19th Annual Space & Missile Defense Symposium. Those gathered there should consider the findings and recommendations of a Hudson Institute report I had the privilege of authoring with the guidance and stamp of approval of an all-star senior review group.
To avoid regulatory uncertainty, Congress should extend current restrictions on commercial human spaceflight regulations permanently and create a new class of license with stricter safety requirements.
The GPS system is at the crossroads. However, Congress jeopardizing funding for the continuation of the system could bring that progress to a screeching halt, at the expense of military, private citizens and businesses across the country.