The company's newest spacecraft lays the foundation for the way its future vehicles will be built, it said.
The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. Vector will change its name to Rocket Lab and will trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker RKLB.
NASA wants to deorbit the International Space Station before the end of this decade. The space agency and Congress want a commercial replacement in orbit before the ISS is trashed in the Pacific Ocean. Axiom Space, a startup founded by a former NASA executive, is working to build, launch, and […]
Virgin Galactic stock surged 19% in early Monday trading after unveiling a partnership with NASA to train astronauts. The space-travel company will create a new “astronaut readiness program” for sending private missions to the International Space Station, according to a press release. The announcement didn’t reveal how much NASA will […]
NASA has announced a plan to open up the International Space Station (ISS), a $US150 billion orbiting laboratory, to approved tourists. Each year, two private astronauts will be able to stay on the ISS up to 30 days each – as long as they reimburse the agency’s expenses of about […]
SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, successfully launched Falcon Heavy for the second time on Thursday, sending a Saudi Arabian communication satellite into orbit. Falcon Heavy, a three-booster vehicle, is currently the world’s most powerful operational rocket. Instead of a Tesla electric car destined for deep-space, Falcon Heavy […]
Elon Musk said in May that SpaceX would launch more orbital missions in 2018 than any nation on Earth. Musk’s rocket company didn’t achieve that goal, as China successfully launched at least 35 rockets. But SpaceX broke the world record for most commercial rocket launches in a year, with 20. […]
It’s been nearly half a century since NASA last landed a spacecraft on the lunar surface. On Thursday, the space agency announced it was offering up to $US2.6 billion in contracts to nine American companies in hopes of landing on the moon by 2022. NASA wants the companies to submit […]
The last time NASA landed a spacecraft on the moon was in December 1972. The US space agency says it’s about to announce “moon partnerships” with American companies to return to the lunar surface. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine claimed the new moon missions will occur “sooner than you think!” NASA […]
NASA just awarded six private companies a total of $US44 million ($AU60 million). The agency’s “Tipping Point” program is intended to help the commercial space industry push next-generation technologies over the finish line. The projects awarded funding include new moon-landing systems and a method to recover expensive rocket engines. NASA […]
On Tuesday, hotel billionaire Robert Bigelow announced the launch of Bigelow Space Operations. The new company will operate inflatable space stations called B330s, which are being developed by Bigelow Aerospace (a space hardware company). The first two B330 modules are slated for launch in 2021. BSO is also working with […]
Government auditors published a new report about NASA‘s commercial spaceflight program that focuses in part on SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk. The report says sending cargo to and from the International Space Station may soon cost NASA about 14% more per kilogram. It also said that SpaceX […]
On Monday, Jeff Bezos revealed an ambitious...
VIDEO: SpaceX has made its most impressive rocket landing to date.
VIDEO: SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk explains why it is so difficult to construct a rocket that will successfully launch into space and return back to Earth.
VIDEO: Elon Musk and his company SpaceX have successfully launched and landed a rocket.
A recent report revealed that Virgin Galactic's...