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Despite the space industry’s incredible growth over the past 10 years, there are still few places in the United States dedicated to testing rocket and spacecraft engines. This isn’t a…

Agile Space Industries fires up Animas test stand to meet soaring demand

Relativity Space has launched its first rocket, roughly eight years after it founded the 3D-printed space launch company.

Relativity Space’s first launch fails to reach orbit, but proves its 3D-printing rocket tech works

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Rocket Companies buys Truebill for $1.275B

Rocket Companies announced this morning that it will purchase Truebill for $1.275 billion in cash. Rocket Companies is best known for its Rocket Mortgage product, while Truebill is a consumer-facing app that helps consumers manage subscriptions, automate savings and budget. The deal’s price tag will prove lucrative for Truebill shareholders. PitchBook data indicates that Truebill’s…

9:05 am PST • December 20, 2021
Rocket Companies buys Truebill for $1.275B

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

There’s another launch company newly able to count itself among the small (but growing) group that has reached orbit: Astra. The Alameda-based rocket startup notched that achievement late Friday night,…

Astra successfully reaches orbit for the first time with latest rocket launch

SpaceX has achieved another major milestone in its Starship fully reusable launch system: It stacked the Starship spacecraft itself on top of a prototype of its Super Heavy booster, which…

SpaceX stacks the full Starship launch system for the first time, standing nearly 400 feet tall

The launch, which took off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, was an important one to get right: It delivered a satellite for the U.S. Space Force…

Rocket Lab returns to flight after failed May mission with successful launch for US Space Force

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Relativity Space launches its valuation to $4.2B with $650M in new funding

3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space has raised a $650 million Series E, bringing its total raised to more than $1.2 billion. Relativity’s post-money valuation now stands at $4.2 billion, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, with participation from new investors with funds and…

6:00 am PDT • June 8, 2021
Relativity Space launches its valuation to $4.2B with $650M in new funding

Rocket Lab flew its 20th Electron mission on Saturday morning, but the launch ran into a significant issue just after its second-stage engine ignited. The engine appeared to shut down…

Rocket Lab’s 20th Electron launch ends in failure with the loss of its payload

SpaceX flew the 15th prototype of its Starship fully reusable next-generation rocket today, with a test flight that included a successful climb to around 30,000 feet, as well as a…

SpaceX successfully launches and lands its Starship prototype rocket

Rocket Lab is preparing for its next launch, currently set to take place in May from its launch facility in New Zealand. The payload for the flight are two satellites…

Rocket Lab to recover the booster from its next Electron launch as it pursues reusability

SpaceX has launched SN10 — the tenth iteration of its current prototype series of Starship, the heavy-lift reusable spacecraft it’s developing. Starship SN10 took off from Boca Chica, Texas, where…

SpaceX’s Starship prototype flies to 32,000 feet and sticks the landing in third flight test

New space startup bluShift wants to bring a new kind of propellant to the small satellite launching market, with rockets powered by bio-derived rocket fuels. These differ from traditional fuels…

bluShift Aerospace launches its first rocket powered by biofuels

Rocket fuel technology startup Firehawk Aerospace has added $1.2 million to its existing seed financing, bringing the full amount invested in the round to $2.5 million. The new tranche comes…

Firehawk Aerospace extends seed funding to $2.5 million with $1.2 million from Harlow Capital

Rocket launch startup Astra has joined an elite group of companies that can say their vehicle has actually made it to orbital space — earlier than expected. The company’s Rocket…

Launch startup Astra’s rocket reaches space

SpaceX is one step closer to replacing its Falcon line of active duty spacecraft: Its Starship prototype “SN8” achieved a major milestone in the ongoing spacecraft’s development program, flying to…

SpaceX flies its Starship rocket to 40,000 feet, just misses the landing in explosive finale

Astra is set to launch it’s next orbital rocket, with a window that opens on December 7 and lasts for 12 days following, until December 18, with an 11 AM…

Astra targets December for next orbital launch attempt

While SpaceX and its ilk in the commercial rocket launch market have changed the economics of space and ushered in an era of small satellite entrepreneurship, the actual rocket engine…

Firehawk Aerospace aims to revolutionize rocketry with safe, cost-effective hybrid engines

Alameda-based rocket launch startup Astra finally got the chance to launch its first orbital test mission from its Alaska-based facility on Saturday, after the attempt had been delayed multiple times…

Rocket startup Astra’s first orbital launch attempt ends early due to first-stage burn failure

When space launch startup Firefly’s first planned orbital flight takes off in November, it’ll carry an experimental payload developed by engineers from Purdue University: A drag sail that’s designed to…

Rocket launch in November will test Purdue-developed drag sail that aims to reduce orbital debris

Rocket Lab’s “Pic or It Didn’t Happen” launch on Saturday ended in failure, with a total loss of the Electron launch vehicle and all seven payloads on board. The launch…

Rocket Lab launch fails during rocket’s second-stage burn, causing a loss of vehicle and payloads

Private launch companies seeking to lower the cost of reaching space continue to develop new vehicles, and the latest to attempt a trip to space is Interstellar Technologies (IST), a…

Interstellar Technologies’ privately developed MOMO-5 rocket falls short of reaching space

Rocket Lab is in the process of developing a way to recover the rockets it launches, despite their originally being designed as fully expendable launch vehicles. The company had a…

Rocket Lab catches an Electron stage in mid-air, demonstrating a key part of its rocket recovery plan

One of the newer companies attempting to join the rarified group of private space launch startups actually flying payloads to orbit has redirected its entire UK-based manufacturing capacity towards COVID-19…

Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response

Rocket launch startup Astra, which had been attempting to claim DARPA’s prize for successful demonstration of flexible space launch capabilities until earlier this month, will not be moving forward with…

Astra encounters anomaly during pre-launch testing, will evaluate options for next attempt

Rocket Lab is acquiring Sinclair Interplanetary, a manufacturer of spacecraft hardware based in Toronto that has provided hardware for more than 90 satellites sent to orbit to date, including for…

Rocket Lab to acquire satellite hardware maker Sinclair Interplanetary

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R&D Roundup: soft 3D printing, backscatter Wi-Fi and other bleeding-edge tech

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: advances in rocketry, machine learning, wireless transmission and more. Firing up new rockets In…

9:50 am PST • March 2, 2020
R&D Roundup: soft 3D printing, backscatter Wi-Fi and other bleeding-edge tech

Mass is money when it comes to the rocket launch business, and any small savings you can eke out can add up to big savings. That’s been the driving force…

Rocket startup Gilmour Space gets a $3M grant to develop lighter fuel tanks

Indiana-based rocket fuel startup Adranos has raised $1 million, after closing an oversubscribed round led by Archibald Cox Jr., chairman of private investment firm Sextant Group. The funding will be…

Solid rocket fuel startup Adranos raises $1 million to scale up manufacturing

Rocket Lab is proceeding as planned with its efforts to recover and reuse spent rocket boosters from its Electron launch vehicle, and it has completed its first prototype parachute for…

Rocket Lab readies parachute tests for its rocket recovery and reuse program