aerospace

Though many eyes are on space as orbit develops into a thriving business ecosystem, Radical is keeping things a little closer to the ground — but not too close. Its…

Radical thinks the time has come for solar-powered, high-altitude autonomous aircraft

Founders — pitch onstage with TechCrunch. Next month we’re back with the star-studded TC Sessions: Space — an event dedicated to exploring all things innovation, investment and industry in the…

Pitch onstage at TC Sessions: Space 2022

Engineering innovations are a critical cornerstone in the evolution of technology, but ironically there haven’t been as many innovations in engineers’ tooling itself. Now, a startup called Liquid Instruments that’s…

Liquid Instruments hooks up with $28.5M to upend the engineering testing market with software-defined instrumentation

There’s no denying it — when it comes to e-commerce, Marc Lore delivers. The serial entrepreneur sold Quidsi, the parent company of Diapers.com, Soap.com and others, to Amazon in 2011…

Marc Lore chews the fat about reinventing at-home dining at Disrupt

American Airlines will buy up to 20 jets from Boom Supersonic, an aircraft maker that aims to commercialize supersonic, and super-fast, flight. Boom’s Overture four-engine jets promise speeds of up…

American Airlines to buy 20 jets from Boom Supersonic

Sub-Saharan Africa’s share of the global population without access to electricity stood at 77% in 2020, according to reports. Also, the average daily electricity supply in some of Africa’s largest…

Beacon Power Services raises $2.7M to improve electricity access for sub-Saharan African cities

Intel’s choice to build a $20 billion chip fabrication facility in Columbus, Ohio, along with the passage of the CHIPS Act, could set the stage for a startup ecosystem boost.

The passage of the CHIPS Act could launch another US startup renaissance

Rolls-Royce and Hyundai are partnering to develop a fuel-cell electric propulsion system for advanced air mobility. The collaboration, announced Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow in the U.K., will combine Rolls-Royce’s…

Rolls-Royce and Hyundai partner on air taxi hydrogen fuel system

Testing new satellites and space-based technologies has never been easy exactly, but it definitely could be easier. Slingshot 1, a 12U CubeSat mission just launched via Virgin Orbit, is an…

A USB standard for satellites? Slingshot 1 takes to orbit to test one

Update: The launch was delayed due to a slight problem with propellant temperature, but Virgin Orbit has confirmed it will make its next attempt tonight (July 1st) no earlier than…

Watch Virgin Orbit’s ‘Straight Up’ launch of Space Force satellites live tonight

Astrix has figured out how to use inflation to deploy a very large surface area from a compact volume, which allows for ease of access to power in isolated spaces.

Astrix Astronautics’ Fia Jones on wooing Peter Beck to launch her startup

Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp of Austin, Texas-based True Wealth Ventures defy many trends in the venture capital world. The investors, who raised $19.1 million for their first fund in…

Austin-based True Wealth Ventures raises second fund to back women-led startups

Overair, a California-based electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle startup, has secured $145 million in funding that will go toward the development of Butterfly, the company’s experimental aircraft prototype,…

Overair nabs $145M to produce eVTOL prototype by 2023

South Korea, which lacks the VC, entrepreneurial ecosystem and aerospace legacy of the U.S., might be the first to lay the groundwork for taking air mobility from expensive project to…

Unlikely players team up to lead South Korea’s air taxi industry

Joby Aviation — the publicly traded electric air vehicle company with a current market cap of $3.1 billion — has received the necessary certification from the Federal Aviation Administration to…

Joby Aviation secures certificate to operate commercial air taxis

The concept of solar sails is not particularly new — just check out the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2, French startup Gama or NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System. But one group…

NASA awards $2 million to moonshot solar sail project

Joby Aviation, a California-based company developing electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL) for commercial passenger service, announced the acquisition of Avionyx, an aerospace software engineering firm, on the TechCrunch…

Joby Aviation acquires Avionyx to accelerate aerospace software certification

Canoo’s first-quarter earnings shows a company burning through cash, no near-term revenue and a warning that it may not have enough money to stay in business. Shares of Canoo, which…

Canoo warns it may not have enough funds to bring EVs to market

As you might’ve heard, it’s getting a little crowded in space, between thousand-satellite constellations à la SpaceX’s Starlink and the millions of pieces of space junk accumulated from decades of…

Vyoma is the latest player seeking to prevent satellite collisions with space junk

The U.S. government has warned that North Korean state-backed hackers known as the Lazarus Group are targeting organizations in the blockchain industry using trojanized cryptocurrency applications. In a joint advisory…

North Korean hackers are targeting blockchain companies with malicious crypto-stealing apps

The world of aerospace has come a long way from the boys’ club it once was, but there’s still a ways to go. Today 24 companies, including major ones old…

Major space companies pledge to boost diversity and publicly share hard numbers

Cocos Technologies, a China-based game engine provider that has been around since 2010, just announced it has picked up $50 million in a Series B funding round in a bid…

China’s game engine Cocos raises $50M, goes beyond games

Dublin-based Exergyn replaces refrigerants with solid materials, thus reducing the output of greenhouse gases. The technology could be applicable in data centers. The industrial-grade cleantech company has now raised a…

Dublin’s Exergyn pulls in $35M Series A for solution which replaces GHG-causing refrigerants

Rocket Lab is on a mission to vertically integrate space solutions. On Tuesday the launch and space systems company announced the close of a deal to acquire SolAero Holdings, a…

Rocket Lab acquires SolAero Holdings for $80M to boost space solar cell production

We spoke to three rocket makers who have either already launched, achieved orbit or are well on their way: Firefly Aerospace’s Lauren Lyons, Astra’s Benjamin Lyon and Launcher’s Max Haot.

How to build a better rocket company

The “last mile” in the supply chain has gotten lots of attention during the pandemic. Even e-commerce giants like Amazon have struggled to surmount the challenges of distributing product fast…

Factor raises seed round to streamline an overlooked part of the supply chain

Back in July, British “axial-flux” electric motor startup YASA was acquired by Mercedes-Benz for an undisclosed amount. YASA’s electric motors generated considerable EV industry interest because of their efficiency, high…

Evolito’s electric motors look set to take off in aerospace where YASA left off in automotive

Just like the automotive industry, aerospace has its sights set on going electric — but flying with battery-powered engines is a tougher proposition than rolling. Wright is among the startups…

Wright tests its 2-megawatt electric engines for passenger planes

Bristol proved especially popular among tech investors last year — local businesses raked in an impressive $414 million in 2020, making it the third-largest U.K. city for tech investment.

8 founders, leaders highlight fintech and deep tech as Bristol’s top sectors

Multiple suspects believed to be linked to the Clop ransomware gang have been detained in Ukraine after a joint operation from law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, South Korea and the…

Ukrainian police arrest multiple Clop ransomware gang suspects