A Robotic Space Station for the 2020s

A Robotic Space Station for the 2020s

Two years ago, I wrote an article in The Space Review describing a robotic space station: https://www.thespacereview.com/article/3548/1 That article left an important question unanswered: would there be any customers interested in using an uncrewed station? One way to...
It’s time for in-space infrastructure

It’s time for in-space infrastructure

Infrastructure investments are wealth creators. It’s almost a truism. The American railroads of the late 1800s; Air Mail; shipping containers for maritime transport; the Interstate Highway System; the Internet; the Global Positioning System. Each of these...
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...
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...