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The four corners of the new space economy

The four corners of the new space economy It’s gotten to the point now where a handful of angel investors can put a space company on the map. But the same changes that have made the industry accessible have made it increasingly complex to track its trends. By default, all space startups […]

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Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry

Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry Rocket Lab launched its 10th Electron spacecraft on Friday morning, successfully delivering payloads for clients Spaceflight and Alba Orbital. The launch company also had an important secondary mission for this launch: Testing out the guidance, control and navigation systems of their […]

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Rocket Lab readies Electron for the first launch with rocket recovery systems on board

Rocket Lab readies Electron for the first launch with rocket recovery systems on board Rocket Lab is getting ready to fly its tenth mission, which the first official launch window during which it could happen set for this week on November 29. Aside from being a milestone 10th mission (dubbed ‘Running Out […]

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Rocket Lab’s new ‘Rosie the Robot’ speeds up launch vehicle production – by a lot

Rocket Lab’s new ‘Rosie the Robot’ speeds up launch vehicle production – by a lot Rocket launch startup Rocket Lab is all about building out rapid-response space launch capabilities, and founder/CEO Peter Beck is showing off its latest advancement in service of that goal: A room-sized manufacturing robot named ‘Rosie.’ Rosie is […]

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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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Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will go reusable, with the company aiming for mid-air helicopter recovery

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will go reusable, with the company aiming for mid-air helicopter recovery Private rocket launch startup and SpaceX competitor Rocket Lab made a big announcement today: It’ll be looking to re-use the first stage of its Electron rockets, returning them to Earth with a controlled landing after they make […]

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Rocket Lab successfully launches seventh Electron rocket for ‘Make It Rain’ mission

Rocket Lab successfully launches seventh Electron rocket for ‘Make It Rain’ mission Private rocket launch startup Rocket Lab has succeeded in launching its ‘Make It Rain’ mission, which took off yesterday from the company’s private Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. On board Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket (its seventh to launch so […]

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Growth, Kubernetes, rocket launches, gender in tech, and more Luckin Coffee

Growth, Kubernetes, rocket launches, gender in tech, and more Luckin Coffee Housekeeping & Extra Crunch 20% event discount reminder Extra Crunch will not be publishing on Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday in the United States. Publishing will resume as normal on Tuesday. Reminder: if you are an annual member of […]

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From launch to launch: Peter Beck on building an orbital business from scratch

From launch to launch: Peter Beck on building an orbital business from scratch Breaking into the launch industry is no easy task, but New Zealand’s Rocket Lab has done it without missing a step. The company has just completed its third commercial launch of 2019, and is planning to increase the frequency […]

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