One of the big hurdles that satellite servicing needs to jump in order to become a viable market in the current era is the ability to work with satellites not specifically designed to be serviced. For that reason, it’ll be interesting to follow along with this mission as it progresses.
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The announcement didn’t contain breaking news or mind-blowing visions of the future, but that doesn’t mean it was entirely inconsequential. It showed that ULA is learning how to speak to the market, and they’re finding new ways to reach out to potential customers. We’ll see just how many customers they get out of this effort, but their improved messaging should not go unnoticed.
Marcia Smith of SpacePolicyOnline.com got her hands on a draft of the upcoming NASA authorization act.
We must be getting really close to that first launch.
A website alone won’t attract more customers, so it’s tough to read the tea leaves and say what exactly is transformative about the announcement. But the existence of the announcement alone shows how much of an effort ULA is making towards becoming competitive in commercial launch services.
Lately when I’ve been talking about political and financial tradeoffs made to sustain programs, I’ve been focusing on NASA’s exploration program, but the same things are true of Ariane 6.
Next week will be very interesting to watch. Keep an eye out for any and all decisions coming out of Lucerne, Switzerland.
After some investigation, a saturated IMU was blamed for causing the crash of Schiaparelli.
Electron is to one-month increments as Falcon Heavy is to six.