Monthly Archives: June 2018

Why SpaceX and Boeing can sell extra seats to orbit

RENTON, Wash. — When NASA’s Phil McAlister worked out the contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, he made sure they could make some money on the side. The contracts contain a clause … Continue reading

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Buzz Aldrin shares his latest moon plan amid turmoil

Buzz Aldrin wants people to know that he has some cool new ideas about how to get to the moon — not just because they’re cool, but also because they show his mind is working. “That’s not an inactive, incapacitated, … Continue reading

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Boeing leads $16M investment in Matternet

Boeing HorizonX Ventures has taken the lead role in a $16 million Series A funding round for Matternet, a California company specializing in drone delivery operations in urban environments. Other investors include Swiss Post, Sony Innovation Fund and Levitate Capital, the companies … Continue reading

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Planetary Resources hopes for asteroid comeback

It’s been months since Planetary Resources had to scale back its asteroid aspirations because a fundraising campaign came up short — and the quest for cash is continuing as space industry leaders converge on the Seattle area this week for the Space Frontier Foundation’s … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Toyota rev up interest in fuel-cell tech

Grid battery storage projects like Tesla’s 100-megawatt installation in Australia may be getting lots of press, but behind the scenes, hydrogen fuel-cell systems are carving out a niche in applications ranging from non-polluting motor vehicles to power-gobbling data centers. “It’s not either-or,” … Continue reading

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Spaceflight adds Virgin Orbit to its lineup

Seattle-based Spaceflight has a new product to offer customers who want to get small satellites up and running: Virgin Orbit’s air-launch system. Virgin Orbit’s system, which involves sending its two-stage LauncherOne rocket into orbit from a converted Boeing 747 jet dubbed Cosmic Girl, isn’t quite … Continue reading

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‘Expanse’ co-author discusses sci-fi … and politics

There’s more to Daniel Abraham than “The Expanse.” To be sure, the science-fiction saga about our future fractious solar system has been very, very good to Abraham and his co-author for the book series, Ty Franck. Writing under the pen name of James S.A. … Continue reading

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