Satellite-Launch Business in Flux

Arianespace is grabbing orbital headlines this month, much to the chagrin of SpaceX. The French company was assigned a marquee satellite-launch contract by Immarsat, while the US firm wrestles with operational uncertainty. The Elon Musk-backed company was derailed by the explosion of a Falcon9 rocket  More ►

Star-Struck Investors Return to Orbit

The space-tech business is at a standstill until Elon Musk-backed SpaceX sorts out its awkward launch-pad explosion. In September, the private US company was forced to suspend rocket operations, pending completion of a public-private investigation. There is enormous pressure to resolve the matter.  More ►

What Does Iridium Teach Us?

Iridium Communications was an easy target for a black-swan event. In 1998, the type of rocket that was to launch the company’s satellite network exploded at Cape Canaveral, setting back the roll-out indefinitely. And to make matters worse, the advent of inexpensive mobile phones made their core  More ►