This most definitely is opinion. There must be some doubt about the effectiveness of Alabama Senator Richard Shelby’s legislative poison pill against new space launch providers like SpaceX and Orbital. Another attack has been launched, this time against SpaceX’s credibility of how it builds and operates its rockets. The attack comes from three Representatives (we’ll […]Read More Croney and the Bandit (Or Why Space Needs Full Privatization)
The Indians continue proving they are in the space business for real. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), their success with the Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), and their continued success with their latest launch today of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (formerly known as Sriharikota Launching Range), are all […]Read More PSLV: A SpaceX/ULA/Ariane Alternative?
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
One of the problems with the SpaceX booth at the 30th Space Symposium last week is they only displayed their Falcon 9 rocket (and the landing legs were the wrong color–black–instead of the white a real Falcon 9 booster is painted with). Of course, it’s the only rocket that SpaceX uses so far. The other problem, by the […]Read More Pictures of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy
The 30th Space Symposium is done. It was fun and there were a lot of interesting displays. Every company present was chest-thumping–some more than others. Some booths were quite big. Others were of typical size. I realize the ticket prices are a little steep and some of you don’t have the option of volunteering. So […]Read More 30th Space Symposium Pictures