launch vehicles

Rocket Lab offers next-day shipping to space

It wasn’t long ago that orbital launches were something that took years of planning and months of tests and careful preparation. But Rocket Lab’s new program will enable customers to show

Launcher shows off its 3D-printed rocket doing a full-scale burn

Rocket engines are tough pieces of hardware to build, but it’s possible that 3D printing them could be the next big thing. Relativity certainly thinks so, and has raised about a billion dollars

SpinLaunch scores NASA test mission to demonstrate its unique launch method

SpinLaunch aims to change how we get to orbit by shooting payloads skyward from the surface at 5,000 MPH, and now it has a shiny new NASA contract to show off its capability later this year. We’

Russia halts rocket engine sales to US, suggests flying to space on ‘their broomsticks’

As part of the escalating tensions between Russia and the U.S. (to say nothing of the rest of the world), Roscosmos has announced that the country will cease all shipments of rocket engines to the Sta

Stoke Space aims to take reusable rockets to new heights with $9M seed

Many launch providers think reusability is the best way to lower the cost and delay involved in getting to space. SpaceX and Rocket Lab have shown reusable first stages, which take a payload to the ed

Relativity Space is raising a massive $500M round at $2.3B valuation

Rocket printer Relativity Space is raising a $500 million D round, valuing the launch provider at $2.3 billion, as reported by CNBC and confirmed to TechCrunch by sources familiar with the matter. Tha

Relativity Space expands its rocket-printing operations into an enormous new Long Beach HQ

Building a rocket is a big operation, even when you’re printing them from the ground up, like Relativity Space. The launch startup is graduating from its initial office, which is a bit cramped f

Leo Aerospace provides bespoke rocket launches — from a hot air balloon

The demand for orbital launches is increasing steadily, and the industry is nowhere near keeping up. Leo Aerospace thinks they can help with a launch technique that's more efficient and requires far l

Watch SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy Launch and triple landing attempt here

It's finally launch day (again) for the Falcon Heavy's first mission, and SpaceX's heavy-duty rocket platform is due to take off at 3:35 PM Pacific time after high winds scrubbed yesterday's attempt.

Falcon Heavy’s first real launch is the dawn of a new heavy-lift era in space

The Falcon Heavy has flown before, but now it's got a payload that matters and competitors nipping at its heels. It's the first of a new generation of launch vehicles that can take huge payloads to sp

Vector Space Systems aims to launch satellites by the hundreds

Why wait for the bus when you can hail a cab? That's the idea behind a new commercial spaceflight startup founded by SpaceX founding team members Jim Cantrell and John Garvey. Vector Space Systems wan