Covid-19: space dreams deferred?

Covid-19: space dreams deferred?

It’s probably obvious that New Space projects are going to be hammered by the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic. Some of the impacts we can expect: Startup companies having a harder time obtaining venture capital. Large companies sending large parts of their...
Space robot in the media

Space robot in the media

Today, Jason Kanigan interviewed me on his great show “Make Space Boring.” I love the title of that show: it lays out a vision of space operations being as routine as commercial airline flights and next-day Amazon Prime deliveries. Jason wanted to ask me...
Space robotics is gathering steam

Space robotics is gathering steam

The online journal Robotics and Automation News has just published their article “Space robotics market to boldly go beyond $3 billion by 2025.” You can view it here: Space robotics market to boldly go beyond $3 billion by 2025 The article is a great...
Servicing satellites in orbit is now a thing

Servicing satellites in orbit is now a thing

When we send satellites to orbit today, they are completely on their own. We never inspect them, maintain them, repair them, or upgrade them. When they run out of fuel, we throw them away. That model has just changed. Northrop Grumman has created what they call the...
The Defense Department wants space logistics vehicles

The Defense Department wants space logistics vehicles

Robots can do a lot of useful things in space. But to make them even more useful, there needs to be a cheap, convenient way of getting things TO the robots: modules, spare parts, tools, propellant. The Defense Innovation Unit, a small agency inside DoD, has just asked...