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SpaceX Completes Second Successful Test Flight in Under a Month

SpaceX has seen a lot of success this year, with the most notable example being the company’s successful launch of two American astronauts to the International Space Station back in May. On the heels of the successful and historic event, SpaceX would go on to secure a lucrative contract from the U.S. Air Force extending well into the 2020s. Now, the success continues after another important ...

SpaceX Scores Billions With New Government Contract

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been riding high after a series of successful launches and tests. Aside from their first successful manned flight to the International Space Station, the company has also performed a proper test flight of their Starship rocket, which will be used for eventual trips to the Moon and Mars. Now, a new contract from the Pentagon shows that success is paying off. This past ...

After Historic Launch, SpaceX Prepares For Future Plans

With their historic mission on Saturday, May 30th, streamed live on Manufacturing Talk Radio, SpaceX has seemingly kicked off a new era for American spaceflight. Now, the company is already preparing for their future flights and plans. At 3:22 p.m. on May 30th, the Elon Musk-led company launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into orbit. The successful launch was the first time ...

Trump Administration To Begin Pushing For Potential Moon Mining

In the past, access to space was reserved for government space agencies. However, the large influx of private investment into space-related industries by companies such as SpaceX has driven the costs of launching rockets, satellites, and other equipment to drastic lows. While most people are aware of the potential for space tourism, other industries may also experience a benefit from these ...

NASA Contracts Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos For Future Moon Landings

In 2017, President Trump directed NASA to accelerate their efforts to re-land astronauts on the Moon. Now, the agency is taking its first steps at bringing in the private sector to help, awarding a combined $967 million to three companies for study contracts on potential lunar landers. Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Dynetics won their contracts as part of NASA’s Human Landing Systems program. ...

SpaceX’s Latest Test Improves Commercial Spaceflight Progress

Not many people would consider destroying a rocket in mid-flight to be a success. Yet, for those at SpaceX, that’s exactly what they achieved this past Sunday. The test was another important step towards the company’s goal of achieving commercial passenger spaceflight. To conduct the test, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket along with an unmanned Dragon crew capsule. 90 seconds into the ...

NASA Awards $621 Million Contract to Aerospace Corp.

The Aerospace Corp. has won a $621 million contract from NASA that will be paid to the company over the next nine years. The contract was given to the company for engineering, evaluation, and testing support. Under this new contract for the NASA-wide Specialized Engineering, Evaluation and Test Services (NSEETS) program, Aerospace Corp. will lend support including staff, advanced systems ...

Manufacturing In Space

NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to a company named Made In Space, to demonstrate their ability to assemble spacecraft and spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. Scheduled to launch in 2022, Made In Space’s Archinaut One will ride a Rocket Lab Electron rocket ship from New Zealand into a low-Earth orbit. Once it reaches the correct altitude, Archinaut One will begin 3D printing a ...

African Nations Partner With NASA To Fight Illegal Mining

In response to rampant illegal mining operations, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania last year formed the Africa Regional Data Cube. This is a forum for sharing and analyzing NASA’s satellite imagery to advance national goals while maintaining sustainable development. Until about 2001, illegal mining in Ghana consisted of local homeowners using hand tools to dig for gold in ...