Opinion section includes op-eds, columns, commentaries and editorials on all things related to the global space business enterprise.
It’s time to stand up an Artemis Program Office, modeled after the Apollo Program Office, with the long-term strategic vision for human exploration of Mars as its guiding star, but with a near-term laser focus on getting us back to the moon to stay — safely, on schedule, and within budget.
Op-ed | Is there enough room in space for tens of billions of satellites, as Elon Musk suggests? We don’t think so.
Elon Musk's stance is overly optimistic. Space is big, but LEO is not big enough to safely accommodate tens of billions of satellites.
As the next wave of non-geostationary satellite constellations seeks U.S. Federal Communications Commission permission to operate in V-band, antenna makers are racing to make business cases viable in this Extremely High Frequency (EHF) area of radio spectrum.
High in the sky, amid Peru’s tallest mountains, live a people from another time. They are called the Q’eros, and they are the last traditional community of the Incan nation.
While international agreements such as the Outer Space Treaty and the Registration Convention take steps to protect near space, no single global body is responsible for ensuring the long-term sustainability and safety of this precious resource.
Australia’s modern space story is only just beginning, and its progress today is a perfect example of how a nation is leveraging its resources and capabilities, making smart investments, and implementing focused strategies to grow its space ecosystem, participate in the global space economy, and enjoy the rewards it offers for life on Earth.
Foust Forward | The missing element of the first National Space Council meeting of the Biden administration
Keeping the space industry involved is key to ensuring they have a voice in how policy priorities are implemented and winning their support when those policies require new legislation and funding.
History indicates that it will take a crisis for any government-led STM solution to receive the necessary funding and reforms. Thus, the commercial space industry needs to step in now.
The National Space Council directs the Department of Defense to “accelerate its transition to a more resilient national security space posture.”
LEO broadband constellations will greatly exceed their budgets. Still, because the titans of technology and institutions backing most of these systems have extremely deep pockets, we shouldn't expect any of these systems to disappear unless their backers decide to back out. Here's an overview of some of the hidden and not-so-hidden costs of putting up and operating thousands of satellites.
Russia’s anti-satellite missile test has raised calls for the United States and its allies to push for international norms to ban such tests. But reaching an agreement on space arms control could take years or even decades.
In comparison to terrestrial wireless, standards have played a much more limited role in the satellite world’s more insular ecosystem. But as the industry transitions from legacy analog hardware to digital software, standards will be essential for realizing true interoperability between satellites and the new ground infrastructures.
The growth generated from investments will be left unrealized if the government falls short in protecting the space domain.