Opinion: Space Launch Could Falter…Big Time

This opinion piece is written by Nicholas Francoeur, an active-duty officer in the US Space Force. Most recently, he was the director of LEO and GEO operations, and was previously a senior range operations commander at Cape Canaveral. These views are his own, and do not represent the views of Payload or the military.  It’s […]


Payload Presents “Space Jams”

In need of some tunes this summer? We’ve got you covered. We’re pleased to present Space Jams, the only space-themed playlist you’ll ever need. We polled the team, asked readers for input, and consulted with the top DJs in the galaxy to come up with this space-inspired playlist. Shout out to Payload readers Erin B. and […]


Opinion: Protecting the Future of the ISS

The ISS is the most expensive object ever built by humanity, and the largest scientific and engineering collaboration the world has ever witnessed. The space station treaty, signed Jan. 29, 1998 by the EU, the US, Russia, Canada, and Japan, represented a new era of cooperation that ushered in significant scientific and technological breakthroughs for […]