T+101: Starlink Addendum
As I was recording yesterday’s show about Starlink, SpaceX filed an application with the FCC for some changes to the Starlink plan. I read through the report and it confirms some of what I talked about yesterday, so thought it was worth an update.
Ball Aerospace Gets $255 Million for WSF-M 1
We knew Ball had won this last year, but this is confirmation of an option for the first of two spacecraft.
DARPA Launch Challenge Sites and Teams
A ton of teams—18!—are competing for this. If it was DARPA’s intention to shake some stealth mode launch companies out of the shadows, it seems like maybe they’ve done that.
T+100: Midterms, and a Thought on Starlink
I share some space-focused takeaways from the US midterm elections and a thought that I had about recent Starlink reports.
Midterms and Space
Jeff Foust wrote a great rundown of the space implications of the midterms that’s worth reading this morning, and I’ve got a few thoughts, as well.
Thanks to October Patrons
Very special thanks to the 224 of you out there supporting Main Engine Cut Off on Patreon for the month of October. Your support keeps this blog and podcast going, and most importantly, it keeps it independent.
Linkspace’s Forced Perspective
Linkspace is interesting to follow along with, and I’m excited to see how they do with their bigger hardware. But check out the photo in the article—they consistently use forced perspective like this to make their hardware look enormous.
Maxar Looking to Sell SSL
Tough times for SSL, but it’ll be incredibly interesting to see who scoops them up.
T+99: October Q&A
This month, I take on questions about small launch, future space ventures, and the Boeing/SLS saga/drama.