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Nikola sets aside $125 million to settle with SEC

Electric truck developer Nikola Corp. is in talks with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to pay a $125 million civil penalty, part of an ongoing probe by the regulator into whether the company m

Federal judge quashes Bezos’ lawsuit against NASA over SpaceX contract

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin against NASA over the agency’s decision to award a lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX earlier this year. The d

iRocket and Turion Space ink agreement for 10 launches to low Earth orbit

IRocket, a reusable rocket startup based in New York, has landed its first commercial customer. The company said Thursday it had signed a multi-launch agreement with Turion Space, a recent Y Combinato

Fisker is on target to launch the Ocean electric SUV in November 2022

Fisker provided an upbeat forecast on the ramp-up of its electric automaking business during Wednesday’s third-quarter earnings call, highlighting its manufacturing partnership with Foxconn, a b

Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck reservations surpass 160,000

Ford Motor Company confirmed that reservations for the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck have surpassed 160,000, less than six months after its debut. The U.S. automaker has been accepting $10

Kneron releases its first automotive-grade chip for ADAS and AV systems

Kneron has launched its first automotive-grade chip — fueled by funds from Foxconn, Alibaba, Sequoia, Horizons Ventures and Qualcomm — that it says could revolutionize the path to vehicle autonomy

Tesla recalls 11,704 vehicles after identifying Full Self-Driving Beta software error

Tesla voluntarily recalled nearly 11,704 vehicles after identifying a software error that could cause a false forward-collision warning or unexpected activation of the automatic emergency brake system

Max Q: Sierra Space, Blue Origin, Boeing and others stake out space real estate

It feels odd to be living in a time when companies are announcing their plans to develop commercial space stations and yet, here we are!

Amazon’s Project Kuiper wants to launch two prototype satellites by the end of next year

Project Kuiper, Amazon’s satellite internet program, is aiming to launch two prototype satellites by the end of next year as it seeks to provide global broadband access to rural and remote areas

Tesla is opening its Supercharger network to other EVs for the first time

Tesla is rolling out a pilot program in the Netherlands that opens 10 Supercharger locations to non-Tesla electric vehicles for the first time. Non-Tesla drivers that want to use a Supercharger locati

Tesla’s deal with Hertz opens a new frontier for the EV maker

Auto rental giant Hertz gave its strongest signal to the markets that it had resurrected from bankruptcy with this week’s news that it would purchase 100,000 Tesla vehicles for a reported $4.2 b

Bosch to invest another $467 million to boost chipmaking capacity

German technology and parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH will invest another €400 million ($467 million) to expand its chip manufacturing facilities in response to the ongoing semiconductor shortage t

Satellite manufacturer Terran Orbital to go public in $1.58B SPAC merger

Terran Orbital, a leading manufacturer of small satellites, is going public in a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Tailwind Two Acquisition Corp. The deal has a post-transaction e

Xeal raises $11M to expand its digital token payment system for EV chargers

Electric vehicle charging companies depend on reliable internet access to sell electricity to customers, track usage data, authenticate users and receive over-the-air updates. If a Wi-Fi connection is

Gitai successfully demos autonomous robot inside the International Space Station

Tokyo space startup Gitai Japan successfully conducted a technology demonstration of its autonomous robotic arm inside the International Space Station last week, a key milestone as the company prepare

Self-driving company Cruise on track for early commercial operations in 2022

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is “pretty confident” that the driver will be out of Cruise vehicles by 2022, as the company looks to enter early commercial operations for autonomous robotaxi and de

Skyryse brings in $200M to make flying an aircraft as simple as swiping a touchscreen

Five-year-old startup Skyryse has raised a $200 million Series B to develop FlightOS, a flight automation technology stack that the company says will help experienced pilots operate new types of aircr

GM will work with dealers to install 40,000 EV charging stations across North America

General Motors said it will install up to 40,000 electric vehicle chargers across North America as part of an ambitious plan to pour nearly $750 million into charging infrastructure that will help att

Max Q: Nanoracks, Voyager and Lockheed Martin plan commercial space station

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. The era of commercial space stations is here. Read on for news from Nanoracks, Voyager and Lockheed Martin on their plans to launch a space station in 2027, plus news

Promus Ventures closes €120 million ($139 million) space fund amid investment boom

Chicago-based Promus Ventures has closed a €120 million ($139 million) space fund, dubbed Orbital Ventures, focused on early-stage space companies. The new fund, which will be based in Luxembourg, g
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