Boeing lands Starliner capsule, completing a crucial test flight

Boeing’s Starliner capsule lands in White Sands, New Mexico on May 25, 2022 to complete the OFT-2 mission. NASATV Boeing landed its uncrewed Starliner spacecraft in the New Mexico desert on Wednesday, completing a crucial test flight as the company prepares to carry astronauts. Starliner landed at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range, after … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 launch update: What’s at stake

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen as it is rolled out to the launchpad for the OFT-2 mission scheduled to lift off on May 19, 2022. Joel Kowsky | NASA Boeing is set to make another attempt to reach the International Space Station with its Starliner vsassume … Read more

Boeing considers redesigning crucial valve for Starliner space capsule

Boeing’s Starliner capsule for the Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) mission is lifted on top of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket on May 4, 2022. Frank Michaux/NASA Boeing is examining whether to redesign the propulsion valves on its Starliner crew capsule, a crucial system that has kept the company from flying astronauts for NASA … Read more

Rocket Lab CEO touts helicopter catch of rocket as key toward reusable goals

The Electron booster comes into view of the company’s helicopter for the catch. RocketLab Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck heralded the company’s first attempt on Monday to catch its Electron rocket booster using a helicopter after launch as “phenomenal,” telling CNBC that the test “achieved 99%” of the company’s goals toward reusing rockets. “Yesterday was … Read more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches NASA Crew-4 astronaut mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft Freedom launches the Crew-4 mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 27, 2022. Aubrey Gemignani | NASA SpaceX launched a group of astronauts for NASA early Wednesday morning, with Elon Musk’s company now having sent 26 people to orbit in less … Read more

Machining start-up Hadrian raises $90 million from Andreesen, Lux

The exterior of the company’s factory in Hawthorne, California. Hadrian Machine-parts start-up Hadrian Automation raised $90 million in a new round of funding led by venture firms Lux Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, as the company works to build largely-automated factories to transform the aerospace supply chain. “We’ve launched Factory #1 and proven that we can … Read more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX sent Ukraine thousands of Starlink satellite dishes, exec says

A shipment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite antennas, also known as terminals, arriving in Ukraine. Fedorov Mykhailo on Twitter WASHINGTON – SpaceX has sent “thousands” of Starlink satellite internet kits to Ukraine, company President Gwynne Shotwell told CNBC on Tuesday. Elon Musk’s space company began sending Ukraine shipments of Starlink satellite kits — which come with … Read more