Speaking of early shutdowns, Astra launched just about two weeks ago, but the results are unclear—the FAA stated there was a mishap, and Alaska Aerospace told SpaceNews that “the customer is very pleased with the outcome of the launch.”
“The unanimous vote by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and the agency’s three commissioners lays the groundwork for the transition of some, or possibly all of the 500 megahertz of spectrum commonly known as C-band.”
Blue seems to be trying really hard to limit the downsides of dual manifesting, and a single price for a ride to orbit no matter how you fly or when is a huge departure from the norm. It really only makes sense two ways: the entry price for a ride on New Glenn is shockingly low, or Blue will have no shortage of their own payloads to fly. Or both.