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NASA partners with SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin and others for test flights and research

NASA partners with SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin and others for test flights and research NASA has announced 20 new partnerships with commercial space outfits, among them collaborations with SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Rocket Lab. While no money will change hands, NASA will dedicate millions in personnel and other support to these test launches and […]

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Max Q: NASA makes key discovery for future of deep space exploration

Max Q: NASA makes key discovery for future of deep space exploration Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This past week, we unveiled the agenda for TC Sessions: Space for the first time. It’s our inaugural event focused […]

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How to ‘watch’ NASA’s OSIRIS-REx snatch a sample from near-Earth asteroid Bennu

How to ‘watch’ NASA’s OSIRIS-REx snatch a sample from near-Earth asteroid Bennu NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe is about to touch down on an asteroid for a smash-and-grab mission, and you can follow its progress live — kind of. The craft is scheduled to perform its collection operation this afternoon, and we’ll know within minutes if all […]

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Lockheed picks Relativity’s 3D-printed rocket for experimental NASA mission

Lockheed picks Relativity’s 3D-printed rocket for experimental NASA mission Relativity Space has bagged its first public government contract, and with a major defense contractor at that. The launch startup’s 3D-printed rockets are a great match for a particularly complex mission Lockheed is undertaking for NASA’s Tipping Point program. The mission is a test of a […]

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NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs

NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: B and 312K jobs Perhaps anticipating budget pushback from the federal government, NASA has released its first-ever agency-wide economic report, documenting the agency’s impact on the nation’s jobs and cash flow. Everyone knew NASA was impactful, but now we know exactly how impactful it is, some $64 […]

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Blue Origin job listing sheds more light on its space-based orbital habitat ambitions

Blue Origin job listing sheds more light on its space-based orbital habitat ambitions Blue Origin founder and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has made no secret of his ambition to eventually create orbiting space stations that act as places for people to live and work – he outlined a vision based on space settlement designs first […]

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NASA to test precision automated landing system designed for the Moon and Mars on upcoming Blue Origin mission

NASA to test precision automated landing system designed for the Moon and Mars on upcoming Blue Origin mission NASA is going to be testing out a new precision landing system designed for use on the tough terrain of the Moon and Mars for the first time during an upcoming mission of Blue Origin’s New Shepard […]

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More new space consolidation as Voyager Space Holdings acquires Pioneer Astronautics

More new space consolidation as Voyager Space Holdings acquires Pioneer Astronautics It’s beginning to be a sign of the times: smaller or younger space companies getting acquired by larger entities. Today, the company being acquired is Pioneer Astronautics, which has been bought by Voyager Space Holdings in a combined cash and stock deal. Voyager, which […]

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NASA pays out $51 million to small businesses with big ideas

NASA pays out million to small businesses with big ideas NASA has announced its latest batch of small business grants, providing more than 300 businesses a total of $51 million in crucial early-stage funding. These “phase I” projects receive up to $125,000 to help bring new technologies to market. The Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer […]

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NASA’s JPL open-sources an anti-face touching wearable to help reduce the spread of COVID-19

NASA’s JPL open-sources an anti-face touching wearable to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 There are some wearables out there in the world that are making claims around COVID-19 and their ability to detect it, prevent it, certify that you don’t have it, and more. But a new wearable device from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]

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