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...
Robots to the Moon

Robots to the Moon

Staying on the lunar surface for extended periods exposes astronauts to significant danger. They need to be protected from high radiation events like solar storms. Stays of a few days are likely to be safe, but the longer the stay, the greater the danger. The habitat...
The in-Space Assembled Telescope

The in-Space Assembled Telescope

I can’t believe that I have never posted anything about this amazing project. NASA pulled together over 50 scientists and engineers, including myself, to consider the following question: “When does it make more sense to build a telescope in orbit,...