Elon Musk Named Person of the Year. Tesla Stock Is Dropping.

Text size SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Britta Pedersen-Pool/Getty Images In addition to being the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is Time‘s 2021 “Person of the Year.” That hasn’t helped Tesla stock, which has dropped more than 5% on Monday. The magazine announced its yearly pick … Read more

China’s Quest for Space Power Starts With Moon Dust

HONG KONG—Nestled in 3.82 pounds of moon soil is what China hopes could be the answer to fueling its future. Chinese nuclear scientists are studying samples carried back by China’s Chang’e 5 late last year in the first mission to return with lunar material since the Soviet Union’s in 1976. One of those under the … Read more

SpaceX Pilot Sian Proctor Talks About Her Journey—and Returning to Earth

Sian Proctor’s journey to space began in 1970, when she was born to a father who worked at a NASA tracking station during the Apollo program. She grew up in a home filled with NASA memorabilia and dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot so she could later be an astronaut. That dream was derailed a … Read more

Amazon Sets Wi-Fi Satellite Launch. The Rocket Doesn’t Belong to Jeff Bezos.

Text size Amazon’s Project Kuiper wants to deliver high-speed internet access from space. Nicoelnino / Dreamstime Amazon.com ‘s space-based Wi-Fi project, Kuiper, gets off the ground next year. But the tech giant isn’t using rockets from founder Jeff Bezos to carry the first satellites. Amazon plans to launch two satellites on a new rocket, the … 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

Rocket Lab Stock Is Rallying, but SpaceX Is Still a Parsec Ahead

Text size Rocket Lab stock is riding high after a string of new business wins. For now, it remains a much smaller company than SpaceX. Courtesy Rocketlab Stock in space-and-satellite-services firm Rocket Lab USA has surged recently after a string of new business wins. Shareholders are likely happy, as long as they can avoid looking … 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

Space Start-Up Rocket Lab Has a New Bull. The Stock Is Jumping.

Text size Rocket Lab can build satellites, and it can also deliver them to space with its low-cost, reusable rockets. Courtesy Rocket Lab Stock in commercial satellite and space launch services company Rocket Lab USA picked up another bullish rating from Wall Street. Shares are rising as a result. Thursday, Stifel analyst Erik Rasmussen launched … Read more

Elon Musk Weighs In on Space Travel, Crypto, Death, and Taxes

Text size Elon Musk Win McNamee/Getty Images In a wide-ranging interview at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made the case for building human settlements on both the moon and Mars, argued against government regulation of cryptocurrency, and responded to accusations that he doesn’t pay enough taxes. Interviewer … Read more