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Tim Fernholz

Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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The Space Industry’s New Bet: Putting an 'App Store' in Orbit

October 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The influx of Silicon Valley talent and money into the space sector has naturally brought with it some classic Silicon Valley business plans—and now, space firms are eager to replicate the market-creating power of an app store in orbit. Apple’s iPhone, the proliferation of mobile OS devices in the Android...

A Startup’s Constellation of Tiny Satellites is Now Photographing Half of Earth’s Landmass Every Day

October 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you ready for the coming era of global transparency? After two years in operation, the satellite-imaging startup Planet tells Quartz it is now photographing more than 50 million square kilometers of the earth every single day. That’s about a tenth of the world’s surface area, or half its landmass....

A Handful of People Makes Majority of U.S. Airport Noise Complaints

October 17, 2016 Eli Dourado, a researcher at the libertarian Mercatus Center, recently examined the public records of noise complaints for American airports and came to a disturbing conclusion. “We are letting crazy people make our airport noise policy,” is one way he summarized his findings. Dourado and his co-author on a new...

Barack Obama’s Plan For the US to Go to Mars is Six Years Old and Still a Work in Progress

October 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Why is Barack Obama touting his six year-old plans to explore Mars today? There’s a space conference later this week, but we’ll guess that it has more to do with generating goodwill toward the president’s political party ahead of November’s elections than actually laying a new marker down for what...

Obama’s Plan for the U.S. to Go to Mars is Six Years Old and Still a Work in Progress

October 11, 2016 Why is Barack Obama touting his six year-old plans to explore Mars this week? There’s a space conference later this week, but we’ll guess that it has more to do with generating goodwill toward the president’s political party ahead of November’s elections than actually laying a new marker down for...

The SpaceX of China Aims to Commercialize a Mysterious Rocket on the World Stage

September 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S., Russia and European Union all have private rocket companies staking a claim in the burgeoning commercial space business. And now, the first private space company in China plans to add its country’s launch technology to the mix . Landspace, founded in 2015, says it will have its first...

Elon Musk’s Dream of Going to Mars Is SpaceX’s Biggest Strength, and its Biggest Distraction

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SpaceX is a company built to go to Mars, but are those ambitions getting in the way of its ability to achieve them? In a few days, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will unveil his plans to explore Mars at a global space conference in Mexico. The event has been widely...

Obama Arrived in New York and Offered a Message About American's Response to Terrorism

September 19, 2016 Speaking as law enforcement officers captured the man suspected of planting bombs around New York City, US president Barack Obama had a simple message. “Showing the entire world that as Americans we do not and never will give in to fear is going to be the most important ingredient in...

NASA Is Launching a Mission to Visit an Asteroid and Maybe Save the World

September 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If all goes according to plan, a NASA spacecraft will slip the surly bonds of Earth tonight to punch the face of an asteroid four years hence. The ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission promises to provide new information about our universe to the scientific community, and further proof-of-concept for commercial asteroid miners...

Trump's Defense-and-Budget Plan Has Been Tried Before

September 8, 2016 Donald Trump is always on the warpath, but his latest expensive folly—a plan to dramatically expand the world’s most powerful military—will definitely hit one target: The U.S. economy. In a speech and an interview yesterday, Trump offered several contradictory takes on how the U.S. should deal with its enemies. Of...