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Northrop Grumman taps Firefly Aerospace to upgrade its Antares rocket to American-built engines

Chalk one up for the American broomsticks. Northrop Grumman has announced that it will partner with startup Firefly Aerospace to build an...

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Astra changes strategy and ditches current rocket in the wake of launch debacles

Astra CEO Chris Kemp told investors Thursday that the company will be no longer launch payloads with its current lightweight vehicle, Rocket 3, and...

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SpaceX launches South Korea’s first moon mission, an orbiter named Danuri

South Korea is headed for the moon. Last night, the country launched its first-ever lunar mission—in fact, its first-ever mission beyond low Earth...

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Zenno Astronautics wants to move spacecraft around using electromagnets, not fuel

It’s easy to think about satellites as a bunch of mini-moons, orbiting the Earth seamlessly and without any (noticeable) movement. But that’s not...

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The Exploration Company is developing a brand new reusable orbital spacecraft

The European space scene is about 5 to 10 years behind America’s, Hélène Huby explained in a recent interview. She’s certainly qualified to...

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No one said this was going to be easy

Actuator is TechCrunch's weekly newsletter covering all things robotic.

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SpaceX’s Starship booster engines explode in test gone wrong

SpaceX’s Starship program encountered a setup after a test ended in a fiery explosion at its Boca Chica development facility in Texas on Monday...

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Rocket Lab rockets to the Moon and other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast our host, Managing Editor Darrell Etherington talks with TC’s Amanda Silberling about VidCon and the creator...

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China’s new Mars images show off the country’s robust (but secretive) space program

China's space program is a rapidly developing superpower that doesn't often get its fair share of attention.

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Watch Virgin Orbit’s ‘Straight Up’ launch of Space Force satellites live tonight

We’re sorry in advance for getting Paula Abdul stuck in your head today. Virgin Orbit is ready to launch the “Straight Up” mission...

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TechCrunch+ roundup: CEO pregnancy checklist, decision-tree planning, reassessing valuations

It sounds counterintuitive, but in this environment, a lower valuation might help you retain and hire talented employees.

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Rocket Lab launches NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite on its scouting mission for a lunar space station

NASA’s CAPSTONE mission, which will chart a new orbit around the Moon which will hopefully be used for a future crewed lunar space station, is...

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At NASA’s Lunabotics competition, students design mining robots for the moon

If this year’s Lunabotics competition is any indication, there’s a bright future ahead for the surface of the moon — and below it. The...

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NASA taps three companies to design nuclear power plants for the Moon

Nuclear fission may have to overcome a public perception hurdle here on Earth in order to get the funding and development it needs to advance...

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SpaceX internal open letter seeks condemnation of Elon Musk’s tweets

SpaceX employees have posted an open letter to the company’s internal communication system asking leadership at the company to implement a...

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NASA assembles a UFO research team to study ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’

NASA has announced the formation of a study team dedicated to UFOs—or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs), as they’ve been rebranded to shed...

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NASA awards $2 million to moonshot solar sail project

The concept of solar sails is not particularly new — just check out the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2, French startup Gama or NASA’s...

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Starlink adds RV plan that provides roving coverage

staStarlink has added yet another new service tier, its second diversification of its offerings in 2022, after it introduced a Business option...

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U.K. taps Virgin Orbit to launch first satellites from its own soil this summer

The United Kingdom has a small but growing space industry, with the number of space-related organizations increasing by an average of 21 percent each...

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Venus Aerospace CEO is making flying faster and greener without sacrificing family time

This week on Found, we are talking to the co-founder and CEO of Venus Aerospace. Sassie Duggleby is leading the team at Venus Aerospace to develop a...

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GPS signals could detect tsunamis better and faster than seismic sensors

GPS networks are already a crucial part of everyday life around the world, but an international team of scientists has found a new, potentially...

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Starlink adds $25/month ‘Portability’ feature that lets users move their internet around

Starlink has introduced a new paid add-on feature that lets customers “temporarily” move their service to different locations —...

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Vyoma is the latest player seeking to prevent satellite collisions with space junk

As you might’ve heard, it’s getting a little crowded in space, between thousand-satellite constellations à la SpaceX’s Starlink and the...

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It’s time to address the role of New Space firms in global security

Raquel Jorge Contributor Share on Twitter The geopolitics of space is nothing new. Cold War rivalry spurred the Space Race, and space has stayed in...

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NASA finds two new space-based ways to track climate change

NASA announced the results of two space-based studies observing climate change across the planet.

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Slingshot Aerospace scores $25M Space Force contract to build ‘digital twin’ space simulator

Space simulation and analytics company Slingshot Aerospace has been awarded a $25.2 million, 39-month contract by the U.S. Space Force (USSF) to...

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Epsilon3 co-founder talks about building a SasS company for space

Hello and welcome back to Found, the podcasts where we tell the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Jordan talked with Laura Crabtree,...

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Fresh off dramatic majority shareholder exit, Firefly could be headed for a SPAC

Firefly Aerospace’s rollercoaster ride could soon send the rocket startup to the public market via a merger with a special purpose acquisition...

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