Aria Alamalhodaei

The Latest from Aria Alamalhodaei

SpaceX notches eighth human spaceflight mission with Crew-5

SpaceX successfully launched another batch of astronauts to the International Space Station Wednesday, part of an ongoing astronaut transportation contract with NASA. Like the company’s seven other

Russia debates staying on ISS past 2024 despite tensions

Russia is having internal discussions over continuing its participation in the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2024, despite statements made earlier this summer that the country will pull out

Max Q: Hubble hubble, toil and trouble

In this issue: How the Space Coast braced for the storm; Humans: 1, Asteroids: 0; News from Astra, Firehawk Aerospace and more

Astra brings on new CFO as it looks to scale launch and propulsion businesses

Astra is bringing on Silicon Valley veteran Axel Martinez as its new chief financial officer, a C-suite change that in many ways demarcates a new chapter for the space company. Martinez’s career inc

NASA and SpaceX are studying sending a private crew to boost Hubble’s orbit

SpaceX and NASA have signed a new agreement to study the feasibility of sending a commercial crew in a SpaceX Dragon to boost the orbit of the Hubble Space Telescope. If completed, the mission could e

Astra will no longer launch NASA’s TROPICS satellites

Rocket launch company Astra will no longer send the remaining NASA TROPICS payloads to space, but instead will launch other “comparable” scientific missions for the agency, the company announced W

Florida’s Space Coast braces for Hurricane Ian

Florida’s Space Coast continues to make preparations for the extremely powerful and slow-moving Hurricane Ian, with officials rolling rockets back to the safety of hangars and delaying launches unti

Max Q: Icy

Thousands of people traveled to Paris for the International Astronautical Congress 2022, one of the world's largest space conferences. Alas, I was not one of them.

Rocket Lab expands US presence with engine testing, launch facilities

Rocket Lab is a U.S.-based company, but until now the bulk of its activities have been conducted in New Zealand. While the company has been public about its plans to expand to both hemispheres for a w

SpinLaunch wraps up new round to fling payloads to space

SpinLaunch’s technique for sending payload to orbit, which uses centrifugal force to fling mass to space, has solicited its fair share of skeptics. But at least some of those skeptics are likely a l

Blue Origin’s private space station is starring in a new movie — but it’s firmly grounded for now

Orbital Reef, the in-progress private space station headed by Blue Origin and Sierra Space, is coming to the big screen. The companies announced today that the space station will be featured in a fort

Are general-purpose robots impossible? Apptronik says no, pockets fresh NASA partnership

Robotics has made great strides in even just the last five years. But despite major advances in core technology such as sensing and computing, many of the robots populating industries like manufacturi

Max Q: Propulsive!

In this issue: Morpheus Space's big raise; Starlink comes to... Antarctica!; News from Firefly Aerospace, Spire and more

Nanoracks cut a piece of metal in space for the first time

Nanoracks just made space construction and manufacturing history with the first demonstration of cutting metal in orbit. The technique could be critical for the next generation of large-scale space st

Intuitive Machines to go public in SPAC deal

Intuitive Machines is going public. The company, which is developing lunar landers and other tech to enable exploration of the moon, said Friday it would list on the Nasdaq after merging with a specia

Astrobotic expands with acquisition of Masten Space Systems

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic has acquired Masten Space Systems after the latter company filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of July. The acquisition comes following a successful $4.5 million bid

Max Q: The waiting game

In this issue of Max Q: An Artemis launch update; Rocket Lab and Sierra Space's new agreements for space transportation; News from Axiom, OneWeb and more

Rocket Lab, Sierra Space sign agreements under US military’s rocket cargo project

Rocket Lab and Sierra Space have signed separate agreements with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to explore how their respective flight systems — Rocket Lab’s Electron and Neutron roc

Max Q: Disrupt

Happy Labor Day! Due to the scheduling of the newsletter, I'll have finished writing this by the time NASA makes the second launch attempt of the Artemis I mission. By now, you probably already know h

NASA orders five more astronaut transportation flights from SpaceX for $1.4 billion

NASA has finalized an agreement with SpaceX to purchase five more astronaut transportation missions to and from the International Space Station, further entrenching the space company’s position as t
Load More