ORLANDO (Reuters) – NASA said it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co. A possible purchase “provides flexibility and back-up capability” as the companies build rocket-and-capsule launch systems … Read More
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CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company’s more than 6,000 employees, it said. The company said it will “part ways” with some of its manpower, citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.” “To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft … Read More
CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX scrapped launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the US military due to strong upper level winds. The next launch attempt will be on Sunday at 8:51 a.m. EST/ 13:51 UTC, according to Space X officials. The launch, SpaceX’s fourth attempt in a week after technical and weather delays, … Read More
BEIJING (Reuters) – A privately developed Chinese carrier rocket failed to reach orbit after lifting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center , in a blow to the country’s nascent attempts by private companies to rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The three-stage rocket, Zhuque-1, was developed by Beijing-based Landspace. The company said in a microblog post after … Read More
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two astronauts who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket will fly again and are provisionally set to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring of next year, the head of Russia’s space agency said . Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, was speaking a day … Read More
CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Shares of Tesla Inc jumped by almost 18 percent as Chief Executive Elon Musk settled a lawsuit that had threatened to force him out and said a surge in third-quarter production had driven it to the verge of profitability. Tesla fans cheered the signs of a manufacturing jump while business analysts said … Read More
CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s space transportation company SpaceX said it has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard its BFR launch vehicle. “Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17,” SpaceX said in a tweet .