Monthly Archives: February 2020

SpaceX’s Starship prototype blows up on pad

A prototype for SpaceX’s Starship super-rocket was destroyed tonight during a pressure test on its pad at the company’s South Texas facility. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Elon Musk touts Starlink satellites for U.S. military

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took a rare deep dive into the workings of his company’s Starlink broadband satellite operation in Redmond, Wash., today at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Florida. He also put in a pitch for robotic fighter jets … … Continue reading

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Boeing acknowledges Starliner’s shortcomings

The program manager for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi acknowledges that more rigorous testing might have turned up the software glitch that spoiled plans to rendezvous with the International Space Station during an uncrewed test flight in December. Get the news brief … Continue reading

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Watch an astronaut chat about socks in space

Hundreds of middle-school and high-school students will gather at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on March 2 to chat with NASA astronaut Jessica Meir on the International Space Station while the world watches on the Web. Get the full story on GeekWire.

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Relativity Space moves to new California HQ

Relativity Space, the rocket company that was born in Seattle and headed south to Los Angeles, says it’s moving into a new 120,000-square-foot headquarters and factory in Long Beach, Calif., that will use giant robotic 3-D printers to make launch vehicles. Get the news brief … Continue reading

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Seattle area’s next tech titans are all business

How do you handicap a unicorn race? When it comes to the race for the GeekWire Awards, the category for Next Tech Titan is wide open. The five-startup field includes at least three Seattle-area companies with a unicorn-class valuation of … Continue reading

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Two-time spaceflier offers advice for travelers

Microsoft billionaire Charles Simonyi is the only man on Earth to buy a multimillion-dollar ride to orbit not just once, but twice — so it’s worth considering the advice he has for future commercial spacefliers: “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” … Continue reading

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DARPA lets robots take over nuclear plant

SATSOP, Wash. — Amid the ruins of what was meant to be a nuclear power plant, a robot catches a whiff of carbon dioxide — and hundreds of feet away, its master perks up his ears. “I think I’ve got … Continue reading

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Space billionaire follows his passion: whiteboards

Billionaire software executive Charles Simonyi spent tens of millions of dollars on trips to the International Space Station, but something completely different gets him up in the morning nowadays: going to work at Microsoft to create a better digital whiteboard. The … Continue reading

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Satellite hookup demonstrates orbital servicing

For the first time, one commercial satellite has docked with another satellite in geosynchronous orbit, demonstrating a technology that will be crucial for on-orbit servicing and reducing space junk. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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