Public Policy

Normalizing satellite servicing

By Karen Kwon

April 1, 2023

Companies in the U.S. and abroad have big plans to extend the lives of existing multimillion-dollar geosynchronous satellites and equip new ones from the start for servicing. Standardization and regulatory bodies are figuring out how to make servicing a normal part of business. Karen Kwon has the story.

Artemis must learn from Apollo

By John M. Logsdon

October 1, 2019

The Apollo program proved to be unsustainable. If NASA and the Trump White House want to avoid the same fate for their Artemis lunar program, they should learn from Apollo’s history. Space historian John Logsdon shares some of the lessons he sees.

Gusts of change

January 31, 2019

The world appears to be on the cusp of an explosion in personal and passenger air travel and commercial exploitation of space. It’s exciting, but the environmental and societal concerns of the coming revolution need to be considered starting now. Aerospace expert Amir S. Gohardani explains.

What to call the moon

By John M. Logsdon

October 31, 2018

Earth’s moon poses a nomenclature conundrum for publications, including Aerospace America. When English-speakers refer to the moon, is that an informal reference to Earth’s natural satellite, or should the moon be considered a proper name requiring capitalization? For some lunar aficionados, the choice to lowercase the “M” shows a lack of respect for this subject of song, myth and human exploration. Space historian John M. Logsdon researched the issue and offers a way out of the conundrum.

Decision time for Trump

May 17, 2017

2 leading aerospace journalists analyze the most important decisions facing President Donald Trump's administration

Building GOES-R

February 9, 2017

Getting NOAA's newest satellite into orbit was an odyssey all its own

Correcting NASA’s course

By Tom Jones

January 27, 2017

While we should expect a hard look at NASA from his administration, President Donald Trump should give NASA the tools and resources it needs to open space to explorers and commerce.

Carbon Watchers

By Tom Risen

January 27, 2017

Mapping the global distribution of carbon dioxide from orbit

The Handoff

By Debra Werner

November 22, 2016

Momentum builds to give FAA control of space traffic