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We all know there’s really only one sure way to make money in, to, through, or from space: sell space-related goods and services to the government.

Now, if $7.3 billion in proposed cuts to “commercial imagery contracts” hit GeoEye and DigitalGlobe, what will be the effect on the rest of the space industry? How much would the cuts in space services cascade over into satellite and booster builds and shared overhead, to especially include “new” space?

While Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman likely have sufficient capitalization, lines of credit, product diversity, and flex in their workload (to of course include layoffs), what about, in particular, SpaceX as well as some of the other less well-knowns?

Sea Launch was a recent example of operating on (or beyond) a shoestring and when they suffered a launch failure, their house of space cards collapsed. While Sea Launch has since come out of bankruptcy in a several-year-long re-org, are the situations analogous?

Given what appears to be a world-wide glut of launch capacity (India, China, and Russia, as well as SpaceX and all the traditional players), it will be interesting to see how things pan out. Of course, then there are possible cuts of great significance to NASA and mil space as well.

 

From Space News:

Like the current satellites, the Next Generation Optical satellites will feature telescopes with an aperture size of 2.4 meters. Although Goodrich ISR Systems has built optical telescopes for the NRO in the past, industry sources said its most recent applicable space experience was the flawed primary lens for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched in 1990.

Sounds like Space News has been talking to DNI James Clapper.

The picture of Elvis is from artist Maurice Bennett of New Zealand and is for comparative purposes only. The Toastman, who uses toasted bread in creating his art, appears with his portrait of Elvis Presley. Toasted Elvis is 2.4 x 2.4 meters square and consists of 3,525 slices of toast.