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NASA private space station contracts: Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Northrop

Concept art for a space station called “Starlab”. Nanoracks NASA granted contracts to three private companies in order to build space stations as part of its preparations for retirement. Jeff Bezos’Blue Origin Northrop GrummanThe agency announced that Nanoracks and e-commerce company Nanoracks received a total of $415.6 millions under NASA’s Commercial LEO Destinations project (CLD). […]

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SpaceX launching NASA DART spacecraft to crash into an asteroid

In preparation for launch, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft (DART), is installed in the nosecone SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. Ed Whitma/Johns Hopkins APL/NASA Elon Musk’sSpaceX has announced that it will launch an unprecedented planetary defense mission on Wednesday for NASA. This spacecraft will then be sent to an intentionally crashed into an asteroid. Omar […]

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Terran Orbital going public via SPAC at $1.8 billion valuation

Terran Orbital, small satellite manufacturer and operator is set for public listing. It’s the latest of a host of SPAC-related merger announcements this year. Terran merges with Special Purpose Acquisition Company Tailwind Two Acquisition Corp.SPAC, which trades under ticker TWNT. Terran will receive a valuation of $1.8 billion and the deal is expected to close […]

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin unveils Ocean Reef private space station

An illustration of the orbiting “Ocean Reef” space station. Blue Origin WASHINGTON – Jeff Bezos’Blue Origin, which will be building a partnership with many space companies to build “Orbital Reef” private space station that it plans to put into operation between 2025- 2030 revealed Monday its blueprint for the space station. Blue Origin describes the […]

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$10.3 billion to date sets annual record

Pete Cannito at Redwire Corporation, New York Stock Exchange on September 8, 2021 Source: NYSE The third quarter saw $3.9B in private space investment, pushing this year to an all-time high of $10.3B. a reportSpace Capital in New York, this week Space Capital managing partners Chad Anderson and Chad Anderson said that this quarter set […]