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Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation

Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation There’s literally a lot more stuff in space than there was last week – or at least, the number of active human-made satellites in Earth’s orbit has gone up quite a bit, thanks to the launch of SpaceX’s first 60 production Starlink […]

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Virgin Galactic begins ‘Astronaut Readiness Program’ for first paying customers

Virgin Galactic begins ‘Astronaut Readiness Program’ for first paying customers Virgin Galactic has begun its ‘Astronaut Readiness Program’ this week, which is being run out of Under Armour Global HQ to start. Under Armour is Virgin Galactic’s partner on its official astronaut uniforms, which its first paying space tourists will don on […]

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UK Space Agency will provide $9.5 million to Virgin Orbit for Cornwall spaceport

UK Space Agency will provide .5 million to Virgin Orbit for Cornwall spaceport Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company Virgin Orbit announced today that it has secured final approval on a £7.35 million ($9.5 million) grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), funds which will be used by Virgin Orbit to help […]

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Virgin Galactic becomes the first public space tourism company on Monday

Virgin Galactic becomes the first public space tourism company on Monday Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic wil find out what the public markets think of its ambitious plan to make commercial space tourism a reality on Monday. The company’s shareholders have approved a merger announced earlier this year with Chamath Palihapitiya’s special Social […]

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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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These are the Under Armour-designed suits for Virgin Galactic’s space tourists

These are the Under Armour-designed suits for Virgin Galactic’s space tourists A day after NASA debuted the space suits set to be worn by the first woman on the moon, Virgin Galactic showed of its own gear at an event in New York. Created in collaboration with fitness wear company, Under Armour, […]

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Rocket Lab’s new 5-year FAA license will help it streamline its rocket launch process

Rocket Lab’s new 5-year FAA license will help it streamline its rocket launch process Rocket Lab has received a new 5-year Launch Operator License from the Federal Aviation Administration, which grants it permission to do multiple launches of its Electron rocket from its LC-1 launch site in New Zealand without having to […]

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Boeing backs Virgin Galactic with strategic $20M investment

Boeing backs Virgin Galactic with strategic M investment Virgin Galactic has $20 million more to pursue its goal of space tourism with a new investment from Boeing announced this morning. The two companies are both deeply involved in human spaceflight, but in different ways — and Boeing seems to feel that it’s […]

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Is space truly within reach for startups and VC?

Is space truly within reach for startups and VC? Elon Musk’s SpaceX managed to pull off something very few people thought it could — by disrupting one of the most fixed markets in the world with some of the most entrenched and protected players ever to benefit from government contract arrangements: rocket […]

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Virgin Orbit performs a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket launch system

Virgin Orbit performs a successful drop test of its LauncherOne rocket launch system Richard Branson-backed space startup Virgin Orbit has completed a key step along its path to launching satellites for commercial customers. The company held a successful “drop test” of its LauncherOne rocket, in which the crucial piece of its launch […]

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