In the last post, I noted that the proposed, but preposterously large, low/medium Earth orbiting broadband constellations will be cheap. Some technology and economies of scale will possibly play into that, but that’s not the kind of cost-savings I’m referring to. Let’s start with price estimates for creating the Starlink constellation from Mr. Musk: $10 […]Read More Who Will (Want to) Pay for A Few Broadband Constellations?
Outernet is proposing to broadcast information, via satellite, to portable base stations that are also wireless networks. The wireless networks would be free and open to the very poor around the world. Outernet wants to provide information equality to those poor people. They mean well, I suppose. And it’s a very interesting idea they’re pursuing with some […]Read More Providing Information Equality with Satellites
Most of this site’s readers are somewhat familiar with the kerfuffle concerning SpaceX and the US government’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contract. For those who aren’t, there are quite a few sources for the story, including this site. But the US government isn’t the only one on the defensive from SpaceX’s aggressive launch development program […]Read More SpaceX a Catalyst for Change to European Space Launch
The Molniya orbit, a type of highly elliptical orbit (HEO), was the focus of the last HEO post. And it was noted that the Molniya is an orbit perfectly suited to communication. But what other missions and satellites use the HEO? Believe it or not, the US has organizations that use the HEO for a […]Read More Why Space Matters: HEO Satellite Operations, Part 5–Spysats, IR, and MMS
The 30th Space Symposium is almost at an end. The whole event ends tonight with the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner at the Broadmoor. The dinner is all about recognizing nominee contributions and picking a winner. The nominees have developed products from satellite and space technology that help make life easier for folks here on Earth. One […]Read More Dinner for the Space Technology Hall of Fame Nominees