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Max Q: SpaceX and Boeing gear up for commercial crew mission tests

Max Q: SpaceX and Boeing gear up for commercial crew mission tests Welcome back to Max Q, our weekly look at what’s happening in space and space startup news. This week was a bit more quiet than usual coming off of the amazingly over-packed International Astronautical Congress, but there were still some […]

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Airstream’s new Astrovan II is ready to move the first Boeing commercial crew astronauts

Airstream’s new Astrovan II is ready to move the first Boeing commercial crew astronauts NASA and its commercial astronaut program partners are laser-focused on getting crew into space, but to get to space you first have to get to the rocket, and that’s where the Airstream Astrovan II comes in. This vehicle, […]

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SpaceX intends to offer Starlink satellite broadband service starting in 2020

SpaceX intends to offer Starlink satellite broadband service starting in 2020 SpaceX will look to launch its Starlink service for consumers sometime next year, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell confirmed at a media roundtable meeting at the company’s offices in Washington during the International Astronautical Congress this week (via SpaceNews). Shotwell, […]

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions At this week’s International Astronautical Congress, where the space industry, international space agencies and researchers from around the world convene to discuss the state of space technology and business, I asked NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about what role he […]

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By tweeting from a SCIF, House lawmakers put national security at risk

By tweeting from a SCIF, House lawmakers put national security at risk If you thought storming into a highly secured government facility with your electronics but without permission was a smart idea, you’d be wrong. But that didn’t stop Rep. Matt Gaetz and close to three-dozen of his Republican colleagues on Wednesday […]

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Small rocket launch startup Firefly teams up with Aerojet Rocketdyne

Small rocket launch startup Firefly teams up with Aerojet Rocketdyne In a perfect example of a small, new space startup teaming up with a legacy industry heavyweight with plenty of experience, Firefly is teaming up with Aerojet Rocketdyne. Firefly Aerospace was founded in 2013, and has raised $21.6 million so far to […]

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Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin will form new industry team to return to the Moon

Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin will form new industry team to return to the Moon At the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. today, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced a new “national team” that will join forces in order to help return humans to the Moon via NASA’s Artemis program. They’ll […]

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Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond

Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond Rocket Lab kicked off the International Astronautical Congress with the news that it’ll begin offering small satellite delivery service to orbits beyond low Earth orbit, where it currently operates – including delivering payloads all the way to the Moon. The […]

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Max-Q: This week in space

Max-Q: This week in space Space is becoming a major area of startup and commercial investment, and so I’ve decided to start providing a weekly round-up of the biggest news in aerospace, space science and space-related technologies. Let me know if you appreciate this or have suggestions, and I’ll make sure it […]

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Senate report says Russian election interference ‘invariably’ supported Trump, recommends national PSA

Senate report says Russian election interference ‘invariably’ supported Trump, recommends national PSA A bipartisan Senate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election released today definitively implicates the country in online operations designed specifically to get then-candidate Donald Trump elected. The tactics used were “overtly and almost invariably supportive” of his campaign […]

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