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NASA’s CAPSTONE looking ‘happy and healthy’ after communications issue

NASA’s CAPSTONE CubeSat is “happy and healthy” after reestablishing communications with Earth, bringing to an end a nerve-wracking 24-hour period in which the spacecraft was out of touch with gr

Max Q: Capped

Welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: Rocket Lab launches NASA's CAPSTONE mission; the first images from James Webb Space Telescope are almost here; news from AWS, SpaceX and more.

Relativity Space inks deal with OneWeb, reaches $1.2B in Terran R launch contracts

Relativity Space will be sending OneWeb’s second-gen broadband satellites to orbit starting in 2025 using its fully reusable 3D-printed rocket Terran R, under a new multi-launch agreement. This is t

Get hype for the first images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Very soon, humanity will get to view the deepest images of the universe that have ever been captured. In two weeks, the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — NASA’s super expensive,

Watch Rocket Lab launch NASA’s CAPSTONE mission to the moon live

After repeated delays, the microwave oven-sized CubeSat known as CAPSTONE may finally start its long journey to the moon. With this launch, NASA aims to begin the first chapter of its ambitious Artemi

Max Q: Acronyms rule everything around me

Welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: NASA sees a future for nuclear energy on the moon; Epsilon3 closes funding for space industry OS; News from AWS, SpaceX and more

Rocket Lab’s CAPSTONE mission to the moon is key to establishing a lunar space station

“Going to the moon is no joke.” So said Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck, just days before the planned launch of CAPSTONE, a watershed mission for both NASA and the private space industry. The mission is

NASA determines Space Launch System testing complete

The testing campaign for NASA’s super big, super expensive Space Launch System is now complete, the agency declared on Friday. All that’s left now for the rocket is launch the Artemis I de

Max Q: Space ‘Xed

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. This issue is very, very, very SpaceX heavy. Depending on how you feel about the company, you'll either love or hate it!

Firefly Aerospace co-founder Tom Markusic is out as CEO

Firefly Aerospace is on the hunt for a new CEO, after it announced Wednesday that co-founder Tom Markusic is transitioning to chief technical advisor and full-time board member. The leadership switch-

Max Q: Alien encounters

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: A micrometeoroid ping heard around the galaxy; SpaceX cargo resupply delay; News from Rocket Lab, United Launch Alliance, and more

FAA releases final assessment of SpaceX’s Starbase and Starship program, requires changes

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday published its highly anticipated environmental assessment of SpaceX’s Starbase launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, and the Starship launch program, wi

Max Q: Suit yourself

Welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: New threads for astronauts; Ursa Major's latest addition to its rocket engine line-up; and News from Blue Origin (and more).

Max Q: Mines and metals

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. There is SO much news this week, so let's dive in. In this issue: Astroforge's asteroid mining ambitions, Boeing's Starliner comes home, and more

Astroforge raises $13M seed round for asteroid mining ambitions

Although we’ve long understood that asteroids are not simply the rubble of the universe, but potentially profitable stores of precious minerals, humanity has never been able to unlock this value. Y

Max Q: Insertion burn

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: Boeing's make it or break it launch; Fresh funding for SpaceX; News from Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab and more

Indian launch startup Skyroot successfully completes full-duration stage test

Skyroot, the first private Indian company to design, build and test a solid rocket propulsion stage, has reached another key milestone in the development of its Vikram-I launch vehicle: a full-duratio

Watch Boeing’s make it or break it Starliner launch today

Update: Aaaaand we have lift-off! As I write, Starliner is making its way over Ireland and heading towards space. Update 2: Orbital insertion burn complete! The previous test flight failed before it

Max Q: Near and far

Astra’s playing the long game

In a time when every rocket launch is livestreamed on YouTube, millions of people get a front row seat to a space company’s successes and failures. Astra, a rocket startup-turned-public company, has
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