Plan to build the first commercial space station. Companies join forces

A consortium of entities associated with the Nanoracks company will be responsible for the planned construction of the first independent space station with commercial use (called Starlab). Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin have so far confirmed their commitment to cooperation. Starlab is to be a permanently manned 340 cubic meter orbital platform designed to conduct … Read more

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

Rocket Lab Stock Is Rising, Boosted by the New Space Force Business

Text size Rocket Lab was awarded about $24 million for product development from the U.S. Space Force. Shares have taken off. Courtesy Rocket Lab Commercial-space company Rocket Lab USA’s hot streak is continuing. The company announced another new business win Monday. Rocket Lab (ticker: RKLB) announced Monday it will get about $24 million to develop … Read more

Lockheed, Northrop Grumman Invest in Space Startup Orbit Fab

Text size A Lockheed transport plane took off from southern England last month. Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images As the commercial space economy heats up, existing players in the aerospace and defense industry are looking to invest in the latest technology, just like the proliferating crop of space startups. Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported … 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

Here’s who will compete head-to-head to build the next homeland missile defense interceptor

This story was updated to include comments from Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has selected Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to go head-to-head in a competition to provide a next-generation interceptor to replace the ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California that are designed to defend the United States against ballistic … 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