Opinion section includes op-eds, columns, commentaries and editorials on all things related to the global space business enterprise.
Earth’s nearest neighbor has a lot of resources, including platinum group metals, an isotope called helium 3 that could be used to fuel future fusion power plants, and water that could sustain lunar colonists and be refined into rocket fuel. What is the best approach to encourage a lunar mining industry?
A member of President Trump's NASA transition team argues that treating space as a team sport won't get us there any faster.
Modern manufacturing and production is becoming increasingly complex, especially within highly regulated industries such as aerospace and defense. Ensuring quality in these industries can mean the difference between life and death.
It’s one thing to prepare for the eventuality of warfare in space. It’s another to assert that space warfare is inevitable. The task before us isn’t just to acquire capabilities to fight, if necessary, but also to prevent warfare from occurring. Success involves deterrence as well as reassurance in the form of diplomatic engagement.
We are witnessing a geospatial revolution, driven by fundamental advances in increasingly persistent data collection and analysis. How should governments respond and participate?
The space domain is recognized now as an increasingly important area for the U.S. military and its allies. It has become abundantly clear that the commercial sector and government leaders must work together to create a more protected space environment and many in the commercial satellite sector are pleased to see the U.S. government ushering an era of an enhanced partnership with the satellite industry.
"America is so dependent on our satellites in space that we think it’s time for a branch of the U.S. military designed to protect them," two top lawmakers say.
China's counterspace strategy is based on taking advantage of not only its own strengths but also the weaknesses of its potential adversaries. They could use a new threat to achieve their ultimate goal of deterring U.S. military intervention in the Asia-Pacific theater and could accomplish this without firing a shot.
This month, the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual report to Congress on Chinese military and security developments. The report reflects the official views of DoD and the U.S. intelligence community on the state of the Chinese military and Chinese security activities. Its issuance has been protested annually by the People’s Republic of China as furthering perceptions of a “China threat.”
If you asked a fighter pilot during World War II what he needed in a plane, he would say, “I want to turn inside the enemy,” or superior maneuverability. Today, as we have firmly moved to space as the high ground, this maxim has never been truer.
NASA named the “newest class of American heroes,” as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence remarked during a June 12 ceremony in Houston to introduce 12 new astronauts to the program as NASA looks to a new era of space exploration.
Op-ed | Don’t pull the trigger before you load the gun; solving a decades-old problem with a National Space Council
President Trump signed his first NASA authorization bill with Vice President Pence at his side. Pence said he will lead a revamped National Space Council, but it must be armed if it’s reestablished. Pulling the trigger on the National Space Council before it learns from the past is like firing an empty gun: it won’t have the desired effect.
Op-ed | Space debris is more than a nuisance; it’s a borderline violation of international agreement
Despite all the discussion about orbital debris, there hasn’t been much analysis of whether established rules and agreements are being violated by spacefaring countries that create the debris.
Both Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic should be positioned to fly paying passengers in late 2018. How will a successful commercial flight impact the economics of space tourism? What is the demand for such flights?