Space discussed at the highest level

Space discussed at the highest level

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held its 31st summit meeting on Monday, June 14. As usual, the summit concluding with the issue of a very lengthy communiqué, covering all sorts of security and defense issues. A link to the complete communiqué is below....
An “old space” company does something new

An “old space” company does something new

Servicing satellites–inspecting them, giving them more fuel or life, repairing things, adding new capabilities–makes so much economic sense. It would also help them survive in a space battle. But for the longest time, none of the government space programs...
Two reports launch a vigorous new era in space

Two reports launch a vigorous new era in space

Within the week, two major reports have created a new vision for US space activities. Together they say, “This is not your grandfather’s space program.” The National Space Council released its report entitled: “A New Era for Deep Space...
US looking for multinational agreement on lunar mining

US looking for multinational agreement on lunar mining

One of the more contentious areas regarding mining extraterrestrial resources is property rights. A mining company generally wants to be sure that it has clear title to a mine site before investing large amounts of capital in developing the site. On the Moon, there is...
New customers for satellite life extension

New customers for satellite life extension

We recall the recent success of Northrop Grumman’s MEV-1 in taking control of Intelsat 901, the first ever docking of two commercial satellites. Building on that, two GEO satellite operators are looking at how to keep their satellites operating longer: Xtar,...