in this issue:
The Battlefield 22,000 Miles above Earth
– Christian Davenport
The U.S. military’s vital space assets are an Achilles heel in orbit that China and Russia are working to exploit. Whether or not a Space Force comes into being, the Pentagon is faced with a real and growing threat.
ISS, Inc: Is the Space Station Business Ready for Liftoff?
– Tim Fernholz
The cost of operating the International Space Station, humanity’s football-field-sized laboratory 254 miles up, is beginning to conflict with President Trump’s Moon and Mars plans. Is commercializing the ISS the answer – and can it be done?
The Rocket Woman and the Smallsat Invasion
– Sarah Scoles
The Pentagon is eyeing a shift away from behemoth, bank-breaking satellites toward constellations of small, expendable ones. They will all need a way to get to orbit, though, and this rocker turned rocket scientist believes she has the solution.