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How to Build a Space Station

Nanoracks, co-founded by Chris Cummins ’89, started as a niche startup that facilitated research on the International Space Station. Now it’s building a space station.

A rendering of a space station in orbit
  • Assembling an Economy in Space

    A mix of public and private investments are positioning the space economy for a period of growth and innovation, says Sven Eenmaa ’98, director of investment and economic analysis at the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.

    Astronauts working on the International Space Station
  • Exploring the Business of Space

    Dramatic reductions in payload costs have spurred tremendous innovation in space technologies. John-Paul Menez ’07 warns that the finance, insurance, and legal infrastructure supporting space firms must make similar advances if the sector is going to mature.

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 5.
  • Why David Calhoun Is The Right Choice for Boeing Right Now

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that the company made the right move by turning to a knowledgeable insider instead of making a clean sweep.

    A Boeing 737 Max airplane during a test flight in Renton, Washington, in December 2019. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren.
  • Can Boeing Keep Up?

    Boeing’s leaders are placing a multi-billion dollar bet that they can bring together innovation and global reach to survive tumultuous times.

    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner
  • Women Leaders Ascend in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

    When Kathy Warden was named CEO of Northrop Grumman this week, she became the third woman CEO among the top five aerospace and defense contractors. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that this welcome trend has an echo in the early history of the industry.

    Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
  • What’s the Business Case for Private Space Flight?

    Private companies Orbital Sciences and SpaceX are putting rockets into space to resupply the International Space Station. According to Orbital’s Bill Claybaugh, the only thing tougher than rocket science may be making the rocket business work.

    What’s the Business Case for Private Space Flight?
  • Is there profit in outer space?

    Getting a rocket into space is complicated business. In addition to expertise in physics, materials science, and electronics, you need the business savvy to create a sustainable company in an industry replete with flameouts.

    A view of Earth from orbit