Max Q: Castelion comes out of stealth
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In this issue:
- Meet Castelion
- News from Amazon and more
One builds weapons in the hope that they are not used. Thus goes the central premise of deterrence theory, which says it is the credible threat of aggression — not the use of aggression — that will ensure states avoid war.
This theory has dominated much of America’s strategic thinking over the past 50-plus years, but new technologies and new adversaries threaten to upend the status quo. For the first time, China has started to outpace the U.S. in critical weapons programs — the country developed a new type of weapon called a hypersonic glide vehicle as early as 2014, which can strike Taipei and the Taiwan Strait in about 20 minutes from its strategic bases in the South China Sea. America’s comparative sluggishness to develop such tech could result in the U.S. falling catastrophically behind its adversaries.
The founders of Castelion, a startup that emerged from stealth this week, cut straight to the point: “Simply put — this cannot be allowed to happen.”
More news from across TC
- Capella Space, Umbra and a handful of other companies won a five-year contract from NASA to provide commercial EO imagery.
- SpaceX is facing a class action lawsuit claiming gender and race discrimination in pay.
- Stoke Space raised $100 million to further develop its first rocket, which now has a name: “Nova.”
- United Launch Alliance launched two prototype satellites for Amazon’s Project Kuiper satellite internet initiative.
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I’m a journalist who specializes in investigative reporting and writing. I have written for the New York Times and other publications.