Podcast: What A Week In Space!

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Aviation Week editors discuss SpaceX’s suit against the U.S. Air Force, U.S. sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, the merger of Orbital Sciences and ATK and how they’re all related in our latest Check 6 podcast.

What a week it has been in space! Well, not actually in space. The action has all been on the ground. But there have been a startling number of startling events in the space sector and they are interrelated.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX filed a suit against the U.S. Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Washington imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. And Orbital Sciences Corp. and ATK announced that they plan to merge.

We have several articles on all this in the May 5 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. And, in our latest Check 6 podcast, Aviation Week editors discuss these developments and how they are interrelated – and what might happen next. Senior Pentagon Editor Amy Butler and Guy Norris, our Los Angeles Bureau chief, join me in the discussion.

The common thread in these developments is that the space launch sector has become increasingly enmeshed internationally – and the possibility that the growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia could disrupt plans, especially in the launch sector.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was fanning the flames last week with tweets @DRogozin suggesting NASA use a trampoline to get its astronauts to the International Space Station. But there are a lot of serious possibilities that have the space industry and its customers worried. Check out our podcast.

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