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,...
Progress on a lunar mining plan

Progress on a lunar mining plan

We now know for certain that the shadowed regions of the Moon’s poles contain water ice. There are many useful things that could be done with that ice: using it for astronaut drinking and washing; breaking it into hydrogen and oxygen, for breathing or for rocket...