#Space Industry

Michael Strahan's trip to space delayed

Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan will have to wait at least a couple more days before blasting off into space. Strahan was scheduled to be among a crew on a Blue Origin rock on Thursday. However, the company said forecasted winds in West Texas have forced them to push...
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Chinese astronauts to deliver live science lesson from space station Thursday. Watch it live.

China's Shenzhou 13 astronauts are all set to present a science lesson live from the orbiting Tiangong space station on Thursday. Astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu will begin the class at 2:40 am EST (0740 GMT, 3:40 pm Beijing time) on Thursday (Dec. 9) from inside the Tianhe module, the core (and currently only module) of the Tiangong station. You can watch the live science lesson (in Mandarin) in the window above, courtesy of China's CCTV news outlet. on YouTube.
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Blue Origin flight with Alan Shephard daughter delayed by weather

A Blue Origin flight due to include the daughter of the first American to travel to space has been delayed by two days because of forecasts of bad weather, the company said Wednesday. The flight was originally scheduled for Thursday but because of winds forecast for both that day and...
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Some “true believers” in space settlement are starting to make it happen

Editor's Note: This is the first in an occasional series of profiles of people helping to lead the commercial space industry, which NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy has called "the envy of the world." Everyone knows who Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are. But there are many other people working to usher in a future in which spaceflight is sustainable and economic activity in space is profitable. These are some of their stories.

Soyuz launches Japanese private astronauts to ISS

WASHINGTON — A Soyuz spacecraft launched Dec. 8 carrying two Japanese private astronauts and a Roscosmos cosmonaut on the first flight in more than a decade for space tourism company Space Adventures. A Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:38 a.m. Eastern, placing the...
SpaceFlight Insider

Gateway exhibit set to open spring 2022 at KSC Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida is preparing to open what will be its first free-standing exhibit building since opening the Atlantis exhibit in 2013. Called “Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex,” it is expected to host an array of current and future space vehicles used both by NASA and private industry. While most of the exhibits at the Visitor Complex showcase NASA’s storied history of human spaceflight, Gateway will be the first to bring the story of current rockets and spacecraft to life.

Japanese billionaire soars into space

Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire, soared into outer space aboard a Russian-built Soyuz capsule and rocket Wednesday morning, kicking off the first self-funded tourism mission to the International Space Station in a decade.

Japanese billionaire travels to space

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa became the first space tourist to travel to the International Space Station in more than a decade when he blasted off into space on Wednesday, per Reuters. This self-funded journey is set to dock with the ISS around 6:41 a.m MST. Maezawa will be accompanied by...

AFRL Celebrates Launch of Smallsat Ascent to GEO Space

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL PR) — The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate small satellite named Ascent was launched Dec. 7 from Cape Canaveral, Florida as part of the U.S. Space Force’s Space Test Program-3 mission, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

Op-ed | Space and SPACs: A COVID Romance?

For SPAC investors, the heavy focus on a quick ROI – and overall risk aversion – may ultimately make SPACs and the space sector an imperfect fit. The growth in popularity of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) has impacted many industries, including the space sector. While the relationship between the two dates back to the successful merger of Iridium in 2008, the pace of SPAC activity in the space sector truly accelerated in 2020 and 2021, marked by several high-profile mergers. The majority have been successful, with redemption rates equivalent to or lower than those in other SPAC mergers. However, there are several examples of space companies with redemption rates of 50% or more – even as high as 90% in the case of small satellite manufacturer Spire Global, which went public in August 2021.

Fleet Space to Build Factory in Australian Space Hub

Australian satellite IoT company Fleet Space Technologies is ramping up plans after a recent capital raise, and has reached an agreement with the South Australian government to build a satellite factory in the upcoming Australian Space Park in Adelaide. Fleet Space’s “Hyper Factory” will be located in the heart of...
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Russian rocket exploded, taking Japanese millionaire to ISS New Spaces

A Russian rocket carrying a Japanese millionaire has been flown to the International Space Station (ISS) and returned to the country’s space tourism after a decade-long hiatus that saw the rise of competition from U.S. companies. Fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa and her production assistant Yozo Hirano left the Russian...

Russian rocket blasts off carrying Japanese billionaire to the ISS

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan: Russian rocket lifted off on Wednesday carrying a Japanese billionaire to the International Space Station, marking the country’s return to space tourism after a decade-long pause that saw the rise of competition from US companies. Online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and his production assistant Yozo Hirano blasted...
High Performance Composites

Solvay to supply advanced composites, adhesives for space exploration

Solvay (Alpharetta, Ga., U.S.) and space propulsion company Avio SpA (Rome, Italy) have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of composite and adhesive materials to be used across a range of programs including the Vega space programs, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) satellite launch vehicles designed to send payloads into low-Earth orbit (LEO).

Satellite imagery company Planet goes public, with $300 million ‘war chest’ after SPAC deal

Satellite imagery and data specialist Planet began trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the latest space company to debut after closing a SPAC deal. “We have a strong business that’s growing well … and what’s been most exciting about this whole process of going public is that I think there’s increasing awareness of the data set that we’re generating from space and what impact it can have,” Planet CFO and COO Ashley Johnson told CNBC.

New Space gives way to Fast Space, Euroconsult reports

Euroconsult, a consultancy specialising in the space sector, has released its 2021 analysis and forecast of the satellite market, in terms of manufacturing and launch services. It estimates 58% of satellite demand will be concentrated around five broadband constellations, but that 75% of the satellite manufacturing and launch market value...