Adventures In Deep Space

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September 17, 2021 — Thomas Leavitt

Topical news articles. Everything we see happening in LEO is a precursor and analogue for the eventual development of "deep space", which we think will be not that far behind. Last updated October 5th, 2021

  • Revealed: The secret notes of Blue Origin leaders trying to catch SpaceX - very interesting piece on how SpaceX executes
  • SpaceX‚Äôs Inspiration4 mission is an inflection point for the orbital economy (2021) - points: "...[the emergence of private sector activity in LEO] will also be an opportunity to prove out ideas about in-space manufacturing, media production, pharmaceutical research, or solar power generation, one of which might prove to be the killer app for human spaceflight in low-earth orbit. ...if the cost comes down, through economies of scale, smart business plans, and further innovation."
  • Changing How We Build Satellites Could Do More Than Reduce Space Junk (2019) - points: "Rethinking .. established procedures, however, could address not just inequity, but other looming challenges in space exploration as well. That's the argument that powers the research of Danielle Wood, who runs a program at MIT's Media Lab, which focuses on how to do things in space that further equity and justice on Earth." ... "Another area in which Wood is working is how satellites are created. "Our current approach mainly depends on doing a design for a satellite that's complete on Earth," Wood said. "We can imagine a future in which there are basically small factories available in space." Incorporating technology like 3-D printing and modular parts, assembly could move to space, changing the engineering problems and costs involved in building satellites."

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