From the Magazine
Ten years after then-U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne called for maximizing use of secondary payload adapters to launch small satellites on large rockets, the Air Force, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working together to make that happen.
As the military sometimes must operate in contested environments, they will need more resilient communications system to overcome any intentional interference.
Inmarsat’s largest market — connecting ships at sea — is becoming increasingly competitive.
Founded in 2015, Ursa Major wants to build engines for companies building small launch vehicles. Most such ventures want to make nearly everything in house, just like SpaceX and Blue Origin.
No longer the province of university researchers and technology developers, small satellites are moving into the aerospace mainstream.
More companies and investors are moving to capitalize on the potential of small satellites equipped with synthetic aperture radar, creating what looks likely to become a highly competitive market.
A growing talent gap is one of the biggest economic, cultural, and security risk this nation faces in the critical next two decades.
The number of small launch vehicles under development continues to grow despite some high-profile setbacks and uncertainty about the demand for such vehicles.
Most people outside the national security community don’t think of space as a warfighting domain. But the military has regarded it as such for at least 20 years.
The commercial spaceflight industry has been enjoying success both on and off the launch pad this year.
ESA is pushing European industry to continue innovating and finding efficiencies even after Vega C’s introduction in 2019 and Ariane 6’s debut in 2020.
The early returns of this economic revolution are already on our doorstep: space data capabilities are exponentially growing elements of the 21st century world economy.
After years of efforts within the British government, and lobbying by the country’s space industry, the U.K. is taking steps to get back in the launch business.
The U.S. government is evaluating how it can engage with a series of new commercial remote-sensing companies, but one of the biggest challenges in these partnerships is determining how widely the data can be shared after it is purchased from the government.