The Global Impact of Cheap Satellites and Launches

This past summer we sent one of our MBAs up to Alaska to search for the origins of Alaskan Thunderfcuk and to see if any innovation might be happening that far up north. We managed to come across a great story about an Alaskan service provider, Microcom, that’s working with a satellite firm called Astranis, to provide the State’s population with affordable broadband […]

Maxar Technologies: A Risky NewSpace Stock

It’s been a little over two years since we were scouring the stock market universe looking for “picks-and-shovels” plays which stand to benefit from all the money pouring into the space industry, something which prompted us to ask Will NewSpace Supernova Into a Trillion Dollar Business? Morgan Stanley thinks it will by 2040, and they put […]

ESG Investing – The Search for Ground Truth

Pundits were recently fawning over the proclamation by 180 companies – including some of our favorite dividend growth investing names like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), 3M (MMM), and The Coca-Cola Company (KO) – that maximizing shareholder value is no longer the raison d’etre for these companies. This slap in the face of fiduciary responsibility should […]

Using Satellite Imagery Data to Generate Alpha

One important thing you learn during your MBA is that your newly acquired ability to conjure up value from nothing is referred to by the finance community as “the ability to generate alpha.” Loosely speaking, generating alpha means putting money into the markets and getting back more than if you would have simply invested in […]

A New Generation of Geostationary Satellites

Access to the Internet means the world’s information is at your fingertips, and it’s a superpower that mankind has been able to successfully bestow upon half the world’s population so far (except of course for the Chinese who refuse to accept Google as their Lord and Savior). We often take for granted how useful it is to […]

6 Technologies for Space Debris Removal

The human spirit for exploration has taken us to the top of Mt. Everest and beyond to the very threshold of the solar system. The price for such adventures has been paid in human lives and garbage – lots of garbage. We read recently that mountaineers hauled down some 24,000 pounds of waste from the […]

Tracking Space Junk Around the Earth Using Radar

Located 2,381 miles from Hawaii and 4,655 miles from the coast of China, the Marshall Islands is an obscure place to visit. With a population of just over 53,000 people, it’s one of the least visited countries in the world with less than 5,000 visitors arriving in any given year. While the Marshall Islands may […]

Affordable Broadband Internet for Everyone in Alaska

This past week, 18,000 pounds of Copper River Salmon arrived in Seattle on board Alaskan Airlines “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon” flight, much to the delight of chefs and foodies across the Pacific Northwest. It’s just one of many famous exports from Alaska, a state with about the same number of people that Seattle, the city, has, but with a whole lot […]

Global Air Traffic Control System Uses Iridium Satellites

Global. In some circles, it’s a dirty word, denoting some secret cabal of Knights Templar or Mole Men that’s attempting to establish a New World Order. The internet has certainly helped spread such conspiracy theories, and we’ll soon be able to broadcast even more fake news as companies race to throw up huge satellite networks […]

6 SmallSat Companies Building and Launching Satellites

The year is already off to an exciting start if you’re one of those people whose pulse races a little faster when you hear the “final frontier” intro to any Star Trek episode. SpaceX just completed a successful test of its crewed launch system, “piloted” by a mannequin named Ripley, all but ensuring we’ll be […]