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Filings reveal details of SpaceX rocket lawsuit

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and subsidiaries of United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman are intervening in a SpaceX lawsuit protesting $2.3 billion in rocket development awards to those three companies. In a redacted version of the lawsuit, originally … Continue reading

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Spy satellite goes into orbit after monthlong delay

The National Reconnaissance Office’s latest classified spy satellite, NROL-71, was launched today by a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket into California’s sunny skies. Today’s trouble-free countdown at Vandenberg Air Force Base came in contrast to the string of … Continue reading

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Air Force backs three new kinds of rockets

The U.S. Air Force says Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance have won its go-ahead for the development of new rockets that could be used for national security launches — a boost that could eventually add up to … Continue reading

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Blue Origin’s rocket engine wins ULA’s backing

After years of development and months of suspense, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture has won a high-stakes race to provide United Launch Alliance with its BE-4 rocket engine. First word of the win came unofficially in a Wall Street Journal report, and … Continue reading

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Aerojet engine wins a place on Vulcan rocket

United Launch Alliance has chosen Aerojet Rocketdyne over Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture to provide the upper-stage rocket engine for its next-generation Vulcan launch vehicle. But the suspense continues in the bigger contest to provide the more powerful first-stage engines. Aerojet’s RL10 … Continue reading

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Bigelow and ULA plan outpost in lunar orbit

NASA is shifting its attention to the moon, and so are Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance: Today the two companies said they’d work together to put an outpost in orbit around the moon by as soon as 2022. The plan builds on the … Continue reading

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Liftoff sends Cygnus cargo ship into orbit

Today’s launch of a robotic Cygnus cargo craft to the International Space Station was totally successful. But the first-ever live 360-degree video stream of a rocket launch? Not so much. The good news is that more than 7,600 pounds of supplies … Continue reading

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