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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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The U.S. Government Wants to Start Charging for the Best Free Satellite Data on Earth

May 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government may begin charging users for access to five decades of satellite images of Earth, just as academic and corporate researchers are gaining the tools they need to harness them. Nature reports that the Department of Interior has asked an advisory board to consider the consequences of charging...

NASA Is Going Back to Mars, And It's Going Deep

May 7, 2018 A mission more than eight years in the making, NASA launched the Mars InSight lander Saturday. The expedition will give scientists a new understanding of the geology and history of Mars—and perhaps the Earth as well. LIFTOFF! Humanity’s next mission to Mars has left the pad! @NASAInSight heads into space...

Radar Satellites Spying on Farms From Space Is a Taste of the Future Economy

April 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The images below, created by a radar satellite built and operated by a private company, are a taste of a future in which anyone can purchase the ability to monitor changes on Earth from space. ICEYE, a company in Finland, shared these exclusive radar images with Quartz to demonstrate the...

Drone Technology Is Now Dangerous Enough to Kill For

April 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are certain classes of technology that, by their nature, put those who possess their secrets in danger: Nuclear weapons. Ballistic missiles. Advanced encryption software. Now, add unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—to that list. A Palestinian electrical engineer who had published research on drones was assassinated in Malaysia, the Wall Street Journal...

The US Military Will Award $10 Million to the Company That Can Launch Satellites on Short Notice

April 19, 2018 US military leaders are bullish about small satellites as tools to spy on adversaries and provide secure communications, but there’s just one problem: There isn’t a good way to get them into space, on demand. Inspired by NASA’s partnerships with rocket makers like SpaceX, the Pentagon is turning to private...

The Military Will Award $10 Million To The Company That Can Launch Satellites On Short Notice

April 19, 2018 Military leaders are bullish about small satellites as tools to spy on adversaries and provide secure communications, but there’s just one problem: There isn’t a good way to get them into space, on demand. Inspired by NASA’s partnerships with rocket makers like SpaceX, the Pentagon is turning to private industry,...

Fuzzy Space Law Is Forcing the U.S. to Update its Orbital Regulations

April 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government is promising space companies it will make it easier for them to get into space by boosting its long moribund “Office of Space Commerce.” After U.S. regulators belatedly forced SpaceX to shut off video cameras on its rocket during a March launch despite years of such broadcasts,...

SpaceX’s Rocket Videos Are Technically Against the Law. The U.S. Government Just Noticed.

April 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since 2010, millions of space fans have devoured video shot from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket—but not the U.S. government agency charged with regulating videos shot from space. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration licenses surveillance systems launched into space by Americans. An agency spokesperson explained to Quartz that the agency...

The Patriot Missile Interceptor Doesn’t Work, But Raytheon Still Makes Billions

March 30, 2018 The U.S. and its allies the world over are paying billions for medium-range missile interception systems without a track record of success. A March 25 missile attack launched on Saudi Arabia by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen provided another test of the U.S.-built Patriot missile system, which it apparently failed—cell...

NASA Says a Design Error is Behind The Failure of a 2015 SpaceX Mission

March 13, 2018 For the first time, NASA investigators said publicly that a design error was the initiating factor for the destruction of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to the International Space Station in 2015. A public summary of their report, released Monday (pdf), expands on SpaceX’s public explanation for...