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Startups set to go to space for the first time on SpaceX’s Transporter-6 mission

SpaceX is poised to launch 114 payloads to orbit on a Falcon 9 tomorrow morning, the sixth mission of its small-sat ride-share program. But while the rocket company is now an old hand at launches —

Max Q: 2022 was big. 2023 will be even bigger.

I hope everyone had a restful holiday season and a celebratory New Year. Thanks again to all Max Q readers, whether you've been with me for many issues or you're a recent subscriber.

It was a big year for the space industry. 2023 will be even bigger

Another blockbuster year for the space industry draws to a close. In fact, 2022 may have been the most blockbuster year for space in recent memory — since 1969, at least. The historic cadence of Spa

Rocket Lab’s first mission from Virginia delayed until 2023

We’re going to have to wait a little longer for Rocket Lab’s American debut. The company, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, was due to launch a trio of satellites for radio-frequency

Max Q: A week of firsts

In this issue: A first for NASA's Artemis program… and Japanese firm ispace; news from Quantum Space, and more.

Quantum Space picks up speed with $15M in funding for cislunar space vehicles

Cislunar space is quickly becoming ripe for government and civil use. This is particularly true in light of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to establish a permanent human presence on the moon in

NASA’s Orion capsule returns to Earth as ispace’s lunar lander takes flight

Sunday was a landmark day for both commercial and public space ventures, with NASA’s Orion capsule returning to Earth just hours after the launch of a privately funded and built lunar lander by Japa

Max Q: That’s a wrap

In this issue: SpaceX debuts defense-focused business line; Slingshot's new round of funding; news from ispace, Metaspectral and more

UK regulator says it’s not to blame for Virgin Orbit mission delay

Virgin Orbit is retargeting a launch that was supposed to take place as soon as next week from Cornwall, England — and that was to be the first spaceflight to depart from British soil — du

Slingshot Aerospace closes Series A-2 to grow space situational awareness platform

Space is packed with human-made objects, and will likely only get more crowded with the continued growth of the space industry. Spacecraft operators have surprisingly little real-time data about where

Max Q: Building on the moon and Mars

In this issue: ICON's in-space construction tech ambitions; Astra's management switch-up; news from ispace, Metaspectral and more

Astra star hire Benjamin Lyon resigns, management team restructured

Space company Astra’s management team is undergoing another shake-up. The company said Friday that chief engineer Benjamin Lyon has resigned after just short of two years in the role. Rather than se

Austin-based ICON awarded $57.2 million NASA contract for lunar construction tech

ICON, a construction tech company that’s raised more than $400 million in funding, has landed a new contract from NASA to develop new systems to build on the moon and Mars. The $57.2 million contrac

Max Q: Thank you

Before we get to the news, I wanted to give a heartfelt thank you to all Max Q subscribers.

Here’s what NASA’s Orion spacecraft is doing over Thanksgiving weekend

Since taking off aboard the Space Launch System rocket last Wednesday, NASA’s Orion spacecraft has had a remarkably smooth journey. But it’s far from over. While millions of Americans prepare for

NASA selects Rocket Lab to launch TROPICS satellites

NASA has found a new launch provider for its extreme weather observation satellites. The agency announced Wednesday that it has selected Rocket Lab to launch its Time-Resolved Observations of Precipit

Quantum Space, US Space Force talk commercial ops in orbit at TC Sessions: Space

Gone are the days when outer space was the exclusive purview of government and defense. Now, we’re in a period often called “New Space,” in which commercial ventures are leading the way in carvi

Max Q: We are going

In this issue: Artemis I takes flight; Gravitics is building "Space Utility Vehicles" for space stations; News from ispace, Metaspectral and more

Gravitics raises $20M to make the essential units for living and working in space

The space industry is on the cusp of a revolution. The cost of launch, which has dramatically decreased over the past five years, will continue to drop as heavy-lift rockets like SpaceX’s Starship a

NASA’s Space Launch System makes inaugural journey in historic launch

After years of preparation and two false starts, NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System has finally taken off and entered orbit. It’s a big win for the space agency — even as it assigns t
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