Space Law: The Outer Space Treaty Turns 50!

OK, so it’s officially called the Principles Governing the Activities of States in Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, but everyone knows it as the Outer Space Treaty. It was signed on January 27, 1967 and as of January 2017, 105 countries are parties to the treaty. The Outer Space Treaty sets forth the basic framework of Space Law which is still used today. The original intent was nonarmament in the Co...

Employee profile: Melissa Wuerl

Meet Melissa Wuerl, Director of Business Development for Spaceflight.  Q: What do you do for Spaceflight? A: I develop business relationships with customers all around the world and help them to identify launch opportunities and manifest their spacecraft. My primary function is to secure new business for Spaceflight and grow our long-term customer base. I’ve been with the company just under 5 years, originally starting at Andrews Space as a Direc

A Visit from Rep. Adam Smith

Spaceflight Industries had a special guest this week in our Seattle office - Rep. Adam Smith from Washington's 9th District. Besides representing his community's interests in Washington, Rep. Smith is the senior Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. He has served in the House of Representatives for over 20 years and is a very strong advocate for both Seattle and small companies in the defense and aerospace sectors. Our CEO Jason Andrews di

Universities in Space: Seriously Higher Education

The future of smallsats is bright - and judging by the work that universities and their students are doing, it’s only going to get better. Aerospace engineering programs are getting more popular as students look to enter the new space race, and the focus on satellites is increasing. NASA’s ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) has been a very successful initiative to attract and retain students in the field of satellite research, and has involved ma...

What’s Next in Launch – 2017 and Beyond

It’s an exciting time to be in the commercial space industry as so many new businesses are entering the market and driving innovation. It’s even more exciting for us as we provide smallsat launch services to an increasingly diverse business ecosystem. We’ve been keeping an eye on the evolution of smallsat applications and want to share some of the latest developments and trends we’re observing. Once upon a time, the launch business was mostly focused on...