First Rocket Lab US launch is a success after NASA delays

The company’s Electron rocket lifts off from LC-2 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Jan. 24, 2023. Brady Kenniston / Rocket Lab RocketLab‘s first US launch got off the ground Tuesday evening, marking a successful mission and a long-awaited expansion of the company’s capabilities. The company’s Electron rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight … Read more

SpaceX completes Starship rocket test in preparation for first orbital launch

Starship prototype 24 stacked on top of Super Heavy booster prototype 7 at the company’s facility near Brownsville, Texas on January 9, 2023. SpaceX SpaceX announced on Monday that it completed a major test of its latest Starship prototype, as the company prepares for the first orbital launch of the towering rocket. Starship prototype 24, … Read more

Virgin Orbit stock plummets after UK launch failure

Cosmic Girl, a Virgin Boeing 747-400 aircraft sits on the tarmac with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket attached to the wing, ahead of the first UK launch tonight, at Spaceport Cornwall at Newquay Airport in Newquay, Britain, January 9, 2023. Henry Nicholls | Reuters Virgin Orbit stock fell in trading on Monday evening, after the company … Read more

Maxar selling to private equity investors Advent, BCI

Inside the company’s Palo Alto, California manufacturing facility, Maxar Space imagery and infrastructure company Maxar on Friday announced an agreement to go private through an acquisition led by Advent International. The all-cash deal gives Maxar an enterprise value of about $6.4 billion. Private equity firm Advent is taking a $3.1 billion stake in Maxar, with … Read more

SpaceX unveils Starshield, a military variation of Starlink satellites

An uncaptioned image posted on the company’s website appears to show Starshield technology in orbit. SpaceX Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expanding its Starlink satellite technology into military applications with a new business line called Starshield. Starshield is likely to further tap the company’s biggest US government customer – the Pentagon – which already represents a … Read more

FCC authorizes SpaceX Gen2 Starlink: Up to 7,500 satellites

A batch of Starlink satellites deploy in orbit after a launch on Nov. 13, 2021. SpaceX The Federal Communications Commission issued a key authorization to Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Thursday, granting approval for the company to move forward with launching up to 7,500 next-generation satellites in its Starlink internet network. “Our action will allow SpaceX … Read more

Amazon used AWS in satellite experiment

An image captured by the ION Elysian Eleonara satellite in January 2022. D-Orbit Amazon’s cloud computing division successfully ran a software suite on a satellite in orbit, in a “first-of-its-kind” experiment, the company announced Tuesday. AWS, or Amazon Web Services, conducted the prototype satellite software demonstration through partnerships with Italian company D-Orbit and Swedish venture … Read more

Record revenue, added contract wins

An Electron rocket launches from the company’s New Zealand facility on Nov. 4, 2022. RocketLab RocketLab delivered quarterly results on Wednesday that boasted record revenue, with the space company tacking on additional contract wins across its business. “The quarter ended strongly for Rocket Lab,” CEO Peter Beck said on the company’s conference call with investors. … Read more

Virgin Galactic Q3 2022 earnings

Virgin Galactic pilots walk to the company’s SpaceShipTwo Unity spacecraft, attached to the jet carrier aircraft Eve. Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic on Thursday reported a wider third-quarter loss from a year ago, with CEO Michael Colglazier outlining the remaining steps before the space tourism company aims to launch its long-delayed service next year. “As we … Read more

Space race to connect satellites to phones with Apple, SpaceX, AT&T

The race to provide high-speed internet from satellites is well underway – but another, more ambitious competition, to connect directly from space to devices like smartphones, began in earnest earlier this year. The potential untapped market — which hinges on, but extends beyond, sending a text via space — is spurring a tale of two … Read more