Space Industry Analysis

May 12, 2021
Ingenuity begins operational test phase with one-way flight to new forward base ahead of rover’s intended route.
May 12, 2021
After a successful launch, an uncontrolled 18-ton booster landed in the Indian Ocean.
May 05, 2021
A look back at Alan Shepard’s flight to suborbital space—a first for the U.S.
Apr 30, 2021
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Apr 30, 2021
First mission is to send an uncrewed Orion capsule into lunar orbit.
Apr 30, 2021
Dave Calhoun is giving himself a dual mandate of returning Boeing to financial eminence while reinstalling engineering prowess. The gambit could decide the embattled company’s fate.
May 12, 2021
The U.S. Space Force released three requests for prototype proposals to industry, laying the groundwork for a competition for the next set of national security space launches.
May 12, 2021
Rocket Lab is poised to conduct the first of two additional tests of Electron launch vehicles specially modified for reusability which, if successful, could pave the way for the first mid-air recovery of a booster for re-use as early as next year.
May 11, 2021
This week is to mark the final ground-based, clean-room deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror as the observatory is prepared for an ocean voyage from Northrop Grumman facilities in California to its launch site in French Guiana for a planned Oct. 31 liftoff.
May 11, 2021
As he settles into his new job as NASA administrator, former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson took an early step into the agency’s international arena, with a stern warning to China—and any other country or entity—that flies rockets without the means to control them, such as what happened with China’s most recent Long March 5B booster.
May 11, 2021
Newly sworn in NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has appointed Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana to serve as the agency’s associate administrator, its highest ranking civil servant.
May 11, 2021
The U.S. Space Force has delivered two multi-manifest satellite vehicles that are carrying multiple payloads to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for integration aboard the rocket that is to launch the fifth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS-5) satellite in mid-May.
May 11, 2021
Virgin Galactic said electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues which stalled sub-orbital tests of its SpaceShipTwo Unity have been resolved but added that the spaceplane’s return to flight could be further delayed by a newly discovered maintenance issue on Eve, the company’s WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft.
May 10, 2021
Osiris-Rex, NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission, departed Bennu, a primitive Solar System body and the long mission’s home for nearly 2 1/2 years, on May 10.