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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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White House VP Kamala Harris unveils Space Priorities Framework

Kamala Harris is the Vice President at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Nov. 5, 2021. Taylor Mickal / NASA On Wednesday, the first National Space Council of the Biden Administration will meet. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to discuss the White House’s policy on space. The National Space Council was revived in the aftermath […]

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Starship’s Raptor engine crisis risks bankruptcy

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, standing at the prototype Starship rocket at SpaceX’s Boca Chica plant in Texas. Steve Jurvetson, flickr Elon MuskSpaceX’s lack of progress in the development of the Raptor engines to power the Starship rocket has angered the company. CNBC was able to obtain a copy of the email in […]

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Not reusing rockets is ‘a dead-end product’

One look at the production floor of the company shows several Electron boosters. The typical rocket-shaped black carbon fiber rockets are in the front and a metallic-looking, reusable booster is in the middle. Rocket Lab Rocket LabPeter Beck, the CEO of his company, was certain that his rockets wouldn’t be used like this again. Elon […]

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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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Elon Musk’s SpaceX leadership shakes up as two VPs depart

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and Crew Dragon capsule, were launched from launch pad 39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral on November 9, 2021. Joe Raedle – Getty Images| Getty Images CNBC reports that SpaceX’s leadership team has seen two of its vice-presidents leave the company. With the changes come Elon Musk’sWith its Falcon 9 […]

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Astra stock surges after rocket builder reached orbit successfully

On November 20, 2021, the company’s rocket LV0007 takes off from Kodiak Spaceport Complex. Astra Rocket builder shares AstraAfter the firm reached orbit on the weekend, trading surged Monday. On Saturday, the company’s rocket LV0007, which was carrying a payload test for U.S. Space Force, launched from Kodiak’s Pacific Spaceport Complex. “Getting to orbit took […]

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Look inside Firefly Space as rocket builder prepares for second launch

Firefly, a space company, is gearing up for its second orbital launch of the Alpha rocket. The venture hopes to establish the foundation of the business. CNBC spoke with Tom Markusic Firefly CEO, who stated that Firefly intends to be SpaceX’s next company. CNBC recently got an exclusive look inside the company’s manufacturing and testing […]

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Rocket builder Astra reaches orbit for the first time

Rocket LV0007 launches during the first successful orbital launch of the company from Kodiak in Alaska, November 20, 2021. Astra / NASASpaceflight Astra SpaceIt reached orbit with rocket LV0007 on Saturday, becoming the latest company to achieve this feat. From Kodiak’s Pacific Spaceport Complex, the company launched the rocket carrying a payload test for U.S. […]

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Telesat debuts on Nasdaq as latest space pure play stock TSAT

Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg takes a picture at Telesat’s offices in Ottawa (Ontario), Canada, March 24, 2021. Blair Gable | Reuters Canadian satellite communications company TelesatThe stock went public on Friday at the Nasdaq and brought another pure-play space stock to market. CNBC spoke with Dan Goldberg, Telesat CEO. He said that “we’re an established […]