The global launch pace set in 2020 tied as the highest in decades, but with that came an increase in risk and a shift in the major players. Of the 114 attempts last year, 10 did not succeed—an 8.8% failure rate that is 1.8 times higher than the 40-year average and nearly five times higher than the 2018 failure rate, which also had 114 launches. Two factors that correlate with launch failures area higher number of orbital launch attempts . . .
Sentiment remained highly favorable for acquisition and investment in space-related companies during the first quarter of 2021. Twelve space-related acquisitions/buyouts generated more than $10 billion in disclosed transaction enterprise value in Q1. . .
Germany’s overall space spending has increased 56% since 2009, and its domestic space spending in 2019 increased more than 30% from 2018, reaching €1.3 billion (US$1.53 billion). Finalized budget information for 2020 German space spending will not be available until early 2021. . .
The microgravity conditions of the International Space Station (ISS) offer a profound opportunity to make discoveries in regenerative medicine that would not be possible on Earth. Scientists floating more than 200 miles above the ground are experimenting with ways cells grow and change, studying. . .
As the exponential growth of commercial space looms, this is a good time to survey several critical aspects of intellectual property (IP) as an enabler of innovation in commercial space. This article begins with a review of the vital role of. . .
At the end of 2020, more communications satellites orbited the Earth than all communications satellites deployed during the previous 10 years. Operators deployed more than. . .
Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt in 1972 were the last of a dozen men to walk on the Moon. For the past 48 years, lunar exploration has been largely replaced by deep space exploration, space station construction, and reusable launch vehicle development. With advancements in space technology, lower launch costs, and growing investor confidence, the Moon is about to undergo more exploration and development than at any time in history.
In the last decade, spending on domestic space programs in the United Kingdom has increased 126%, climbing to £157.5 million (US$200M) in the 2019-2020 U.K. Space Agency budget. That decadal increase still places U.K. space funding well behind . . .