National Security Bubble, Meet the World

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) surprised industry with an interim final rule posted this past weekend. Effective more-or-less immediately, on January 6, 2020, the rule, tediously titled “Addition of Software Specially Designed To Automate the Analysis of Geospatial Imagery to the Export Control Classification Number 0Y521 Series,” appears familiar to anyone who has worked with ITAR in the space industry.

And like the laws surrounding ITAR, the rule here is knee-jerk. Also, it’s akin to closing the barn door and setting fire to the barn after the whole herd of horses ran out.

We understand that many senior officials with the DoC were uninformed of this pending rule. However, someone (or more likely, many someones), decided that software created to automatically conduct analyses of geospatial imagery (and something called point clouds) … Read the rest


C-Band: Where Do We Go from Here?

Intelsat stock had its worst day on record on Wednesday, down 29% to close at $14.43. Why? Once again, it’s C-band speculation-induced volatility. The vast majority of Intelsat (and SES) investors who we speak to are laser-focused on… Read the rest


Eutelsat 5 West B Arrives DOA? Implications for Satellite Manufacturers and a Struggling Insurance Market

 

In late October 2019, Eutelsat announced that Eutelsat 5 West B experienced a potentially fatal anomaly with one of… Read the rest


Thinking about SpaceX’s Petition to Launch an Additional 30,000 Satellites

On October 15, various news outlets, including SpaceNews, reported that SpaceX submitted filings for up to an … Read the rest