With uncertain demand for private researchers or astronauts from other national space agencies, companies will need to be open to every market, including tourists, to close their business cases.
The Space Development Agency is overseeing the Defense Department’s first major procurement of small satellites in low Earth orbit, a trend that has accelerated in the commercial industry as companies plan ever-larger megaconstellations.
Private space pursuits are captivating the public’s attention, creating excitement and fueling investments and innovation across the entire industry.
Inspiration4 may not have changed humanity, but it was clearly a step forward for commercial space.
The U.S. Space Force is eager to tap into the vibrant commercial market for space services enabled by increasingly capable small satellites and cheaper access to orbit.
“The critics of NASA’s Artemis program are correct about one thing,” writes Christian Zur of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “the commercial space sector is an emerging juggernaut. However...the economic growth will come once new capabilities become cost effective and accessible.”
The announcement of NASA’s plans to end discounted pricing is not just short sighted. It reeks of sabotage.
DoD has to transition to a space architecture that takes advantage of emerging technologies, Steve Butow, director of the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, said at the SmallSat Symposium.
In recent commercial space acquisitions, founders largely have remained with the businesses they established or moved on to form new space companies. Two exceptions are Roccor co-founder Doug Campbell and Scott Larson, who co-founded UrtheCast and Helios Wire.
A new study by the Aerospace Corp. says there are growing opportunities for national security agencies to buy commercial services.
DoD says the growth of commercial space capabilities has added complexity to the space operating environment.
Todd Harrison: “If we want to be competitive we don’t want to lose this vital part of the space industrial base.”
Government and industry leaders have to bridge the gap between government and commercial space.
CSF President Eric Stallmer: “The large companies will weather the storm. I’m worried about their suppliers."
The end of the year, and especially the end of a decade, prompts reflections on what’s taken place over the last 12 or 120 months. But it’s also an opportunity to look ahead and try to predict what will happen in the year or decade to come.
While the physics associated with getting into orbit have not changed, the people, methods and ways we access and enable space have evolved. Credit the fuel of federal policy changes and innovation environments as the real force multipliers.
The chairman of the Senate’s space subcommittee said Oct. 31 that his counterparts in the House seemed uninterested in working on legislation to modernize commercial space regulations.