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Book Review: The Space Barons

Jason Davis • March 21, 2018

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

If you come at the Space Launch System, you best not miss

Jason Davis • March 09, 2018

Getting NASA out of the rocket business is more complicated than you think.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

Falcon Heavy launches successfully!

Jason Davis • February 06, 2018

SpaceX is now the proud owner of the world's most powerful operational rocket.

Reporter's notebook: 'Twas the night before Falcon Heavy

Jason Davis • February 05, 2018

We're now less than a day away from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test flight! Here's a recap of today's news.

Let's talk about Elon Musk launching his Tesla into space

Jason Davis • February 05, 2018

Hop in, it'll be eternity 'till we make it to M83.

Preview: Succeed or fail, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test sure to be a blast

Jason Davis • February 01, 2018

Possible outcomes of next week's test include an explosion or a car launched into orbit around the Sun.

Let's talk about NASA's latest commercial crew delay

Jason Davis • January 17, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing might not be certified to carry astronauts to the International Space Station until 2019 or 2020.

We choose to go to the Moon and do the other things

Casey Dreier and Jason Davis • October 05, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the National Space Council's first meeting today by declaring Americans will return to the Moon. Casey Dreier and Jason Davis analyze this new direction for NASA's human spaceflight program.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates Mars colonization plans

Jason Davis • September 29, 2017

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of his Mars colonization plans today, during a widely anticipated talk at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

Here's what you need to know about the Electron rocket, which is set to launch from New Zealand

Jason Davis • May 19, 2017

Rocket Lab's Electron, a light-lift launcher for small satellites, is ready to make its debut test flight from a peninsula in New Zealand.

Orbital ATK discusses Antares rocket's future, confirms new NASA cargo mission

Jason Davis • May 19, 2017

Company officials say they have no plans to retire Antares, which has secured its first mission order under the second round of NASA's commercial cargo flights, known as CRS-2.

Does NASA get its money's worth for Antares-Cygnus flights?

Jason Davis • May 11, 2017

Despite being funded to fill a perceived gap in U.S. launch capabilities, Orbital ATK's Antares rocket has yet to find a customer besides NASA. Did the space agency get its money's worth?

Postcard from the Space Symposium: Planetary Society outreach coordinator finds her place in space

Harriet Brettle • April 14, 2017

The annual Space Symposium brings together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space.

Your hypothetical questions, answered: SpaceX prepares to refly rocket booster

Jason Davis • March 28, 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster recovered by a drone ship last year will be reflown later this week, marking what could be a new milestone in the quest for affordable spaceflight.

This company launches balloons to the edge of space. Will the business float?

Jason Davis • March 08, 2017

World View, a self-described “stratospheric exploration” company, recently unveiled its new headquarters in Tucson, Arizona.

SpaceX plans to send tourists around the Moon in 2018. Here's why that may not happen

Jason Davis • March 03, 2017

Two private citizens are paying SpaceX for a 2018 flight around the Moon. Is that timeline realistic?

Everything you need to know about tomorrow's historic SpaceX launch

Jason Davis • February 17, 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from a former space shuttle launch pad tomorrow morning. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the historic event.

Russia’s Proton rocket grounded by poor quality control

Anatoly Zak • January 25, 2017

Russia's workhorse Proton rocket may be grounded until June or July, dealing another blow to the country's launch infrastructure, which has been plagued by brain drain, mismanagement, poor quality control and corruption.

SpaceX is ready to fly rockets again. An expert talks about the reason a Falcon 9 blew up last year

Jason Davis • January 10, 2017

SpaceX says they fixed a problem with the helium pressurization system that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket last year. The company pushes the boundaries of rocket science, creating an occasional jaw-dropping fireball in the process. But will the risk-reward equation change when SpaceX starts flying astronauts?

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