Nigeria’s Garbled Space Story

Nigeria is still wrestling with space program issues.  On the one hand (and according to this difficult to read post), there seems to be a fundamental lack of knowledge by the general Nigerian population about how satellites work in space.  This is no surprise–the Nigerians are dealing with some very real third world survival problems.  Even […]

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Maritime Safety Satellite’s Launch Cancelled to Make Political Point

Well, this must be frustrating.  Imagine that you’re a part of a company that’s getting ready to launch a satellite.  All the company’s engineers and managers working to get the satellite ready to go for its mission.  Of course, everyone in the company is being paid to get the satellite completed. But then, your government, who […]

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Google Wants a Piece of Virgin

Another space announcement from Google and Virgin Galactic last week took many folks by surprise.  Google is supposed to be in talks with Virgin Galactic, and supposedly wants to buy a small stake in the sub-orbital flight company.  One telltale sign of the seriousness of the talks is the companies have signed up and registered […]

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Imagery Unchained (Finally!)

Back in September 2013 I wrote an opinion about why the US government’s laws regarding imagery resolution were very onerous.  The rules just didn’t make sense in a world of cheap picture drones.  That opinion was based on a story about DigitalGlobe attempting to get imagery restrictions relaxed so they could compete better in the satellite […]

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