Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport? Everyone KNOWS the best, most thoughtful articles begin with a question. At least that’s what Popular Mechanics thinks. To answer the question, though: probably. Should the U.S. do so? No. Even if a certain orangutan in an ill-fitting suit gives its blessing for U.S. companies to do […]Read More March 22, 2019: Weekly Spatial Resolutions
IRT’s interim solution fixes just one NOAA problem We finally come to the problems with the Independent Review Team’s (IRT) satellite recommendations to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). If you’d like a quick overview of the overall scenario, please go to my post here—maybe you’ll come back less confused? Ultimately, the IRT is […]Read More NOAA’s low hanging problem–Part 5
Under the exasperated sighs of “Riiiiight” and “Surrrre,” Boeing has proudly announced on November 8 a “partnership” (read “monopoly”) with the United States Air Force (USAF). This partnership is supposed to help everyone involved to reduce “supply chain costs.” As I’ve noted before, the government and military’s acquisitions systems are broken. This system affects the […]Read More I don’t think Hell has frozen over (yet)
Last lesson, you learned a little bit about satellite busses and bus-driving. Almost all satellite busses are similar to each other. If you looked at a RapidEye satellite bus specifications and a Digitalglobe satellite bus, you’d likely think they might be one and the same. But the payload is different. The satellite payload (and orbit) […]Read More Why space matters: Imaging satellite operations, part 11—Payloads and programs—the lesson that won’t get learned.