2019-08-19 4 min read


Planning & Strategy.

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

Distribution & Logistics.

  • Shipping large rocket stages is exceptionally difficult. SpaceX specifically chose the Falcon 9 diameter so that it could fit under every bridge between Hawthorn, CA and Cape Canaveral on a 40-wheel transport vehicle.
  • Rideshares are the equivalent of a shipping service for smallsats. Smallsats have increased to 69% of the satellites launched in the past year and I see constellation deployment driving additional waves of growth in this segment. Increased demand has recently encouraged new entrants in the rideshare market (Arianespace, SpaceX) to compete with current players (Spaceflight, Rocket Lab).
  • Cost per kg to LEO has gone down drastically from the $61,720/kg it cost for the Shuttle program.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


Making the Moon Camera, a project to replicate the original Apollo 11 Hasselblad.

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Love, Ben

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