Tag Archives: Commercial Spaceflight

Relativity Space reveals plan for 3-D printed rockets

Can a robotic 3-D printer spit out all the parts of a rocket without humans stepping in until the end? Relativity Space says that’s what it’s working toward. The company, which has its roots in the Seattle area and is now headquartered … Continue reading

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Virgin Orbit uses high tech for low-cost rockets

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Virgin Orbit aims to blaze a trail on the final frontier, but in order to do that, it has had to push into new frontiers on the factory floor. Case in point: The Lasertec 4300 3D additive-subtractive hybrid … Continue reading

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SpaceX aces its second launch in three days

Good things came in threes for SpaceX today: For the third time, it used a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket booster to send a payload into space, and had that booster land itself on an oceangoing platform. Successful recovery of … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches 10 more satellites for Iridium

SpaceX launched its third batch of 10 Iridium Next communications satellites from California today on a Falcon 9 rocket, then brought down the first-stage booster for a landing on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The launch was the … Continue reading

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Sizing up Elon Musk’s big bet on a big rocket

SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s rocket roadmap just got much bigger than Mars. Now the question is, who else will follow the map? The first answers to that question may well start emerging next week, when government officials and space industry leaders — … Continue reading

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Elon Musk has big rocket plans for … Earth?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has added moon missions to his grand plan for Mars, in a bid to capitalize on what’s expected to be the Trump administration’s shift in space policy. Lunar operations at “Moon Base Alpha” are among the … Continue reading

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U.N. puts out global call for space payloads

Remember those science-fiction movies where the United Nations was calling the shots in space? We may be one small step closer to that scenario. Today the U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs, or UNOOSA, called on its member states, and particularly … Continue reading

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