Why an early investor split from Rocket Lab. The New Zealand-based publication Stuff published a feature article on Mark Rocket, an early investor who worked closely with Rocket Lab from 2006 to 2008. At the beginning, Rocket and the company's founder, Peter Beck, ruled out launching military payloads, the article states. "Initially we were hoping not to do... certain types of projects," Rocket told the publication, explaining why he left in 2011. "I was passionate about the commercial side. You've got to sort of work out where that line is for you." … [Read more...] about Rocket Report: SpaceX seeks 20km hop license, why Rocket Lab funder left
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Static fires are routine engine tests conducted while a vehicle is tethered to the ground. The engines that will be tested in this case are SpaceX's next-generation Raptors — likely three of them, to get the SN8 up so high. SN5 and SN6 sported only a single Raptor, and those vehicles didn't have nosecones or control-improving body flaps, either. (SN7 was a test tank that SpaceX intentionally burst during a pressure trial this past June, in case you were wondering.) … [Read more...] about SpaceX gearing up for 12-mile-high test flight with prototype of Mars-colonizing Starship
The more public transportation systems rely on government subsidies, the likelier these projects are to stall, Powell said. In Japan, where there are plans to extend existing Maglev train service eventually to carry passengers between Tokyo and Osaka — two cities located about 310 miles (500 km) apart — in one hour, officials are grappling with whether passenger-only trains can generate enough revenue to recoup the cost to build and maintain the project. … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk’s Superfast ‘Hyperloop’ Transit System Really Be Built?
Previous and related coverage NASA advances urban flying transport plans with 17 companies Mars up close: NASA takes the biggest interplanetary selfie ever Virgin Galactic inks deal with NASA to train astronauts for commercial space trips Have a tip? Get in touch securely via WhatsApp | Signal at +447713 025 499, or over at Keybase: charlie0 … [Read more...] about NASA will pay private companies for lunar samples, materials excavated from the Moon
Ironically, NASA and the SLS prime contractor Boeing are no longer competing with the Falcon Heavy. SpaceX beat them 2.5 years ago. Rather, NASA is competing with SpaceX's next rocket, the Super Heavy booster that will loft Starship into orbit. SpaceX has not even built a single segment of its Super Heavy rocket—which is larger than SLS, more powerful, vastly cheaper, and reusable—but it's possible that the vehicle makes an orbital launch before the decade-old SLS in 2021. … [Read more...] about Former NASA administrator says SLS rocket will “go away”