Big rocket builders are skeptical small launchers will find customers

As the pool of small launch vehicles grows, larger launch providers continue to express skepticism about whether the new crop of small vehicle startups will have enough customers to sustain them and their business models. Small launch vehicles promise to further reduce barriers of entry to space for non-traditional customers by offering dedicated launches for lighter payloads at lower price points. But incumbent providers SpaceX, ULA and others – which

LEO satellite broadband will be disruptive, if successful

A new crop of non-geostationary satellites could see the emergence of a new broadband market in low Earth orbit. SpaceX, Boeing, OneWeb, LeoSat and Telesat are five would-be satellite broadband service providers that have received FCC authorization for deploying satellite broadband in the US. If successful, these providers are poised to disrupt the current satellite broadband market, and perhaps even terrestrial fixed services in some areas. Satellite broadband is by

Congress calls into question NASA’s public-private partnerships

Members of the House of Representatives’ space subcommittee weren’t happy to hear that NASA’s private partners are slipping behind schedule on the development of the next generation of spacecraft that’ll carry astronauts to space. Boeing’s VP and program manager, John Mulholland and SpaceX’s VP of Build and Flight Reliability, Hans Koenigsmann, met a tough crowd at the committee hearing, as members voiced their disappointment at the two companies’ progress in

Can space tourism break out of decades of delay?

Today, there are a handful of private companies that are hoping to make a business out of flying tourists to space. And at least three of these companies say they’ll be able to do so in 2018. But as history demonstrates, there’s no guarantee that any of these companies will keep their timelines. Space tourism has been considered on the brink of feasibility for years, and start-ups have made similar

Better than new? SpaceX’s reused Dragon launch a huge milestone in private space development

When the Dragon spacecraft from 2012's SpaceX 4 mission successfully berthed with the ISS's Harmony module, the cargo capsule's place in space-faring history was cemented, marking the first time a privately owned spacecraft berthed with the space station, vindicating long-held hopes that the commercial space industry could develop the ability to conduct complex operations in Earth's orbit. Now the SpaceX/CRS-11 mission (originally slated for launch Thursday, 1 June 2017, and rescheduled for 3 June 5:07 ET), is

SpaceX’s reusable launcher achieves milestone

SpaceX’s first successful landing of its Falcon 9 model back in 2014 marked the new reality for recovered rocketry, but the launch last night proves that those recovered rockets can now be re-launched back into space -- marking the true beginning of the era of reusable rocketry. (more…)

SpaceX’s cargo resupply mission to ISS slated for Feb 14

-Marking historic Kennedy Space Center re-open to the rocket business SpaceX will launch an International Space Station (ISS) cargo resupply mission from the historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, on February 14. The fallback date for the launch is Feb 15.  (more…)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oninnovation/4334237399/in/photolist-7B16M2-7B53wG-7B4YCA-7B14oT-7B1aCZ-7B4Xeb-7B4WMj-7B4UTb-7B1awH-7B4ZEE-7B4UsE-7B51rG-7B4ZZf-7B17JH-7B14yn-7B19N8-7B4WX9-7B4YkY-7B4XAN-7B4UJy-7B4Xoh-7B4Szj-7B4RXW-7B51jY-7B51b3-7B4Vy7-7B16c8-7B1eAZ-7B1esV-7B4Wuo-7B17tv-7B51AC-7B4ZeA-7B15o2-7B4ZRf-oL2F5q-nyQfhw-HUN47e-FVdP4C-gvG6PK-D1CLd5-5uzuFL-89ys7h-jGk4BF-jGmqQ1-jGk67p-jGn47w-jGjnkR-jGn24U-jGj5F8

Plata o plomo: Trump’s carrot-or-stick to Musk seems to have worked

When the CEOs of several major American companies met with the new leader of the free world two days ago, the conversation revolved around manufacturing restrictions and outsourcing -- both in the crosshairs of President Trump’s agenda. The new president, four days into his term on the day of the meeting, which included CEO Marilyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, suggested that companies amenable to tethering

NASA second-guesses its decision to use SpaceX for ISS taxi

By Kendra R Chamberlain NASA has ordered a slate of taxi flights that’ll shuttle astronauts from US soil to the International Space Station (ISS) in the future. But SpaceX’s recent Falcon 9 loss has raised new concerns about using private enterprise rockets to shuttle humans to and from the ISS. Last week, NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) voiced concern over using SpaceX for such missions in its annual report,