Let’s move beyond rovers

Let’s move beyond rovers

Rovers have proved their usefulness on the Moon and Mars for the acquisition of scientific data, and their designs are mature. The initial stages of establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon, such as resource prospecting and habitat site selection, will...
A first customer for the Space Superhighway

A first customer for the Space Superhighway

NASA has recently announced that it will partner with industry to resupply the Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-to-partner-with-american-industry-to-supply-artemis-moon-missions Last month in Aviation Week Online, we talked about the...
Lunar dust — a big deal

Lunar dust — a big deal

The six Apollo missions experienced a wide variety of effects from lunar dust (regolith). The image is a NASA photo of Dr. Harrison Schmitt in his dust-begrimed suit. There is a superb 2007 compilation of dust effect information from the six Apollo missions:...
Let’s get agile in space

Let’s get agile in space

If you’re not in the IT world, you may not be familiar with the concept of “agile development.” Basically it started as a software development method—small bites, quick turns, frequent “scrum” meetings to elicit good ideas, test as you go. That’s an inadequate...
Economic opportunities in Earth orbit

Economic opportunities in Earth orbit

CNN has published an interesting opinion piece on the opportunities in space. Here’s a quick summary: “Remember what the Internet did for investment? Maybe space will do the same.” The full article is here:...
Unlocking Economic Value in Earth Orbit

Unlocking Economic Value in Earth Orbit

The following op-ed was published online in Aviation Week and Space Technology today and is reprinted here with permission. Opinion: Unlocking Economic Value In Earth Orbit Gordon Roesler and Mark Mykityshyn  The transition from government-led to private-sector-led...