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NASA pushes back Boeing Starliner’s crewed flight test to July

The first crewed flight test of Boeing’s Starliner capsule is facing yet another delay, with NASA officials saying Wednesday that it is now targeting no earlier than July 21 for launch. The space agency and Boeing blamed the delay on certification issues related to the capsule’s parachute system and other verifications on Starliner’s components and […]

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Lockheed doubles down on lunar economy bet with new subsidiary Crescent Space Services

Lockheed Martin announced today the creation of a wholly owned subsidiary called Crescent Space Services that will focus on infrastructure for the moon, the latest sign that the aerospace and defense giant is bullish on the future of a lunar economy. The new venture will focus initially on a communications and navigation network in cislunar […]

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Space Startups Venture

Isar Aerospace raises $165 million to bring more sovereign launch to Europe

German launch startup Isar Aerospace has scored $165 million (€155 million) in new funding as it races toward the inaugural flight of its Spectrum small rocket later this year. The company, founded in 2018, is one of a handful of European startups looking to fill the gap in the launch market on that continent. There […]

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Space

Max Q: A lifeline

Hello and welcome back to Max Q! In this issue: Relativity Space’s Terran 1 reaches Max Q NRO lines up hyperspectral imagery providers News from Virgin Orbit and more Relativity Space’s first launch fails to reach orbit, but proves its 3D-printing rocket tech works Relativity Space achieved a massively important milestone just before 11:30 PM […]

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Space

ABL Space Systems scores $60M for rapid response launch for defense customers

Launch startup ABL Space Systems has landed a $60 million contract to build out its “responsive launch” operational capacity, as part of the U.S. Space Force and U.S. Air Force Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program. The new funding, which equally matches government funding with private investment, comes as the company prepares for the second launch […]

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Rocket Lab reveals big supplier deal with mystery mega constellation customer

Rocket Lab has proven that it’s much more than a launch company. One glance at the company’s most recent earnings presentation shows as much: its space systems business, which designs, manufactures and sells satellite components and spacecraft, brought in over 70% of company revenue compared to launch in 2022, at $150.3 million versus $60.7 million, […]

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Space

Blue Origin releases report on launch anomaly and plans to fly again ‘soon’

It’s been nearly six months since Blue Origin’s 23rd suborbital launch experienced an anomaly, and the company has finally released the results of its investigation. The good news is the escape function worked great! But there was definitely a nozzle problem. The September flight, NS-23, was carrying a number of science payloads and no space […]

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Space

Max Q: Maybe next time

Hello and welcome back to Max Q! In this issue: An “operational pause” at Virgin Orbit Behold: New moon suits! News from Project Kuiper and more At Virgin Orbit, it never should’ve come to a staff furlough CNBC broke the bombshell news that Virgin Orbit was pausing operations for at least a week while it […]

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Government & Policy Space

FCC proposes satellite-to-phone rules to eliminate ‘no signal’ once and for all

The FCC has officially proposed, and voted unanimously to move forward with, a framework under which satellites can communicate directly with smartphones in a structured and useful way. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, circulated earlier this month and formally voted on today, is essentially a complete first public draft of what the FCC hopes to […]

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Space

At Virgin Orbit, it never should’ve come to a staff furlough

Last night, CNBC broke the bombshell news that Virgin Orbit was pausing operations for at least a week while it looked for funding to support the business. As part of that pause, company executives reportedly told staff in an all-hands meeting that they were being furloughed — and that it would be unpaid. The news […]

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