Boeing Starliner Test Flight Is Delayed Again. Why Investors Should Care.

Text size IA United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeings CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard. Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images A test flight of Boeing’s new Starliner—a space capsule designed to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station—is delayed again. It’s another setback for the company, although shares aren’t reacting much to the reports. Still, … Read more

Elon Musk Has a Full Resume With Tesla and SpaceX. 1 More Thing He Can Add.

Text size Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Getty Images Elon Musk has built two industrial behemoths— Tesla and SpaceX—revolutionizing two industries along the way. But that’s not all he has done to change global industry. Musk has also given manufacturing companies a new word: gigafactory. The practical definition of a gigafactory is a larger, modern manufacturing … Read more

Rocket Lab Stock Surges Because NASA Wants It to Launch a Solar Sail

Text size NASA selected Rocket Lab USA to launch its Advanced Composite Solar Sail System, or ACS3. It’s another big win for the space startup. Courtesy of Rocket Lab Commercial space-launch-services company Rocket Lab USA racked up another new impressive business win. Shares are spiking Wednesday afternoon. Rocket Lab (ticker: RKLB) stock is up 10% … Read more

NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX Want to Save the Earth From Asteroids

Text size NASA via Getty Images NASA is developing tech to save the Earth from an asteroid impact. Yes, it sounds like the plot of science fiction movies, like Armageddon or Deep Impact, but the space agency’s plans are real. The mission will be enabled by a host of commercial technologies, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX … Read more

Boeing Is Investing in Richard Branson’s Space Startup Virgin Orbit

Text size Boeing is best known as a jet manufacturer, but it also is active in space technology. Olivier Douliery / AFP via Getty Images Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is going to become a publicly traded company, and Boeing is going to help. It’s a sign that new commercial space technology is ready for … Read more

How Rocket Lab and Elon Musk’s SpaceX Are Different, and the Same

Text size RocketLab CEO Peter Beck. Phil Walter/Getty Images Rocket Lab USA CEO Peter Beck sees some parallels between his company and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. But he also plans to take a different path to expand his company in coming years. Rocket Lab (ticker: RKLB) closed its merger with the special-purpose acquisition company Vector Acquisition … Read more

Boeing’s Spaceship Problems Show Just How Amazing Musk’s SpaceX Is

A United Launch Alliance with a Starliner spacecraft on board. Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images Text size Boeing continues to work on valve problems that delayed the launch of its Starliner space capsule. No new date for the launch, originally scheduled for July 30, has been set, and The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday evening … Read more

Boeing Scrubs Its Space Capsule Launch. Blame the Russians.

Text size A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft onboard. Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images Otherworldly investors will have to wait a little longer for the next dramatic step in commercial space travel: Boeing had to push back Friday’s launch of Starliner, its reusable capsule developed with NASA. But don’t … Read more

Space Industry Moves Higher. Space Stocks Not So Much.

The Rocket Lab Mission Control room during the opening of the new Rocket Lab factory in Auckland, New Zealand. Phil Walter/Getty Images Text size Stocks for investing in growing commercial space opportunities have hit a rough patch, despite the industry reaching several milestones. The dichotomy illustrates for investors that it hard to value startup companies. … Read more