In order to share our reasoning for why high-altitude rocket launches are the best means for bringing small satellites into low-Earth orbit, we publish articles in support of our views.

Space: The Final Frontier for Travel

Richard Nederlander

December 16, 2018

Bryce Space and Technology’s Pie Chart of the Global Space Economy
Within 30 years, Morgan Stanley predicts the space industry will be worth $1.1 trillion. Bank of America believes it will be almost $3 trillion by then. Regardless, the verdict is clear: we are entering a new commercial space age.

NewSpace needs more small-launch startups

Richard Nederlander

September 25, 2018

Image taken from Wallops Flight Facility
At the World Satellite Business Week, representatives of Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit argued that “five or six [small launch startups] will bubble to the top” while the other startups will falter. They reasoned that these other projects will fail due to technical or financial reasons within a few years. And, they content, those that survive will be forced out because the small industry itself can only maintain a few small launch startups.

The Case for High-Altitude Balloon Launches

By: Richard Nederlander

September 1, 2018

Image taken from LDSD
The spaceflight companies that currently make up the small-satellite (small-sat) launch sector are unable to meet demand for their launches. They are also unable to lower their prices to make launches affordable to small satellite companies and academic groups, and the length of time leading up to a launch (often several years for small satellites) is unpractical and unnecessary. There are several reasons that the small-sat launch industry has, in this sense, failed to catch up with increasing demand for launches.