Author Archive

Tim Fernholz

Tim Fernholz
Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
Emerging Tech

Watch a Space Robot Capture a Runaway Satellite With its Net

Space debris like an errant satellite can pose a risk to other things in orbit.

Cybersecurity

The U.S. Is Worried That a Russian Satellite Is Really a Weapon

American intelligence agencies have reason to believe the satellite may be surveilling U.S. space assets.

Policy

How The Space Force Took Over Washington

Blame a potent mix of national security concerns, space spectacle, and pork-barrel spending.

CIO Briefing

Donald Trump Nominated a Man With No Space Experience To Be NASA’s Second-in-Command

Trump is passing over Dr. Janet Kavandi, an astronaut and respected leader of one of the space agency’s research centers.

Data

The U.S. Government Wants to Start Charging for the Best Free Satellite Data on Earth

The government says the cost of sharing the data has grown as more people access it.

Emerging Tech

Drone Technology Is Now Dangerous Enough to Kill For

Advances in consumer electronics are making drones available to armed forces without the resources to hire billion-dollar defense contractors.

Data

SpaceX Takes its First Step Toward Selling Americans Internet From Space

SpaceX eventually hopes to have thousands of spacecraft beaming Internet back to Earth.

Emerging Tech

Watch SpaceX Launch its First Reusable Rocket to the International Space Station

This is the first time NASA has approved the use of a previously flown rocket booster on a mission to the space station.