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Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site

Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space from TechCrunch. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This is it – the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch’s […]

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Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021

Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021 Space industry heavyweight Northrop Grumman has signed a costumer for the launch of its first OmegA rocket, a medium/heavy lift launch vehicle that it’s currently readying for flight with a target of spring 2021 for its first ever flight. OmegA will […]

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NASA adds SpaceX, Blue Origin and more to list of companies set to make deliveries to the surface of the Moon

NASA adds SpaceX, Blue Origin and more to list of companies set to make deliveries to the surface of the Moon NASA has added five companies to the list of vendors that are cleared to bid on contracts for the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. This list, which already includes […]

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The man behind Bezos’ next lunar guidance system talks future tech

The man behind Bezos’ next lunar guidance system talks future tech Draper, the MIT spin-off engineering lab, is famed for developing the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (not Draper Esprit, I hasten to add). Ken Gabriel, President and CEO, also recently made a major announcement. Blue Origin has now partnered with Lockheed Martin […]

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In-space manufacturing could prompt more startups to reach for the stars

In-space manufacturing could prompt more startups to reach for the stars Depending on who you ask, space-based technology is past peak hype, at the beginning of its investment growth curve, or in an infrastructure-building phase akin to the railway industry in 1800s America. One emerging technology could change everything for startups and […]

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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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Bosch’s new ‘ear’ for the Space Station’s Astrobee robot will let it ‘hear’ potential mechanical issues

Bosch’s new ‘ear’ for the Space Station’s Astrobee robot will let it ‘hear’ potential mechanical issues Bosch is set to launch a new AI-based sensor system to the International Space Station that could change the way astronauts and ground crew monitor the ISS’s continued healthy operation. The so-called “SoundSee” module will be […]

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The first spacecraft that can service satellites to extend their life launched today

The first spacecraft that can service satellites to extend their life launched today Up until now, commercial satellites have essentially been disposable. Even the massive, multi-ton ones that can have service lives spanning a decade or more eventually just become so much space trash once they’re out of fuel, or they experience […]

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Northrop Grumman to build its OmegA rocket at NASA’s VAB as first commercial tenant

Northrop Grumman to build its OmegA rocket at NASA’s VAB as first commercial tenant NASA is celebrating alongside Northrop Grumman at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the latter becomes the first commercial partner to make use of the Vehicle Assembly Building on-site at the base. The VAB, as it’s more commonly […]

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SpaceX, Blue Origin, ULA and Northrop Grumman bid for U.S. national security launch contract

SpaceX, Blue Origin, ULA and Northrop Grumman bid for U.S. national security launch contract The U.S. Air Force is looking to lock in its launch providers for national security satellite missions to take place between 2022 and 2026, and the bids for this so-called “Phase 2” procurement contract are now in. The […]

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