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Michael Sheetz


Southern California, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Michael:

Inside the 'Wormhole,' Relativity Space's monster factory 3D-printing reusable rockets

Relativity Space uses a novel approach to manufacturing launch rockets out of mostly 3D-printed structures and parts. → Read More

LA-based Embedded Ventures launches inaugural fund, with focus on national security and space tech

Embedded is led by general partners Jenna Bryant and Jordan Noone, the latter who came to the VC side after co-founding 3D rocket printer Relativity Space. → Read More

Rocket Lab establishes new U.S. foothold with successful launch after years of delays

The mission was Rocket Lab's 33rd to date, but the first from U.S. soil. The company has been regularly launching from private launchpads in New Zealand. → Read More

SpaceX completes major Starship test in prep for rocket's first orbital launch attempt

SpaceX announced it completed a major test of its latest Starship prototype, as the company prepares for the first orbital launch of the towering rocket. → Read More

Rocket builder ABL's inaugural launch fails shortly after liftoff, damages launchpad

The first mission by ABL Space got off the ground, but the RS1 rocket failed shortly after liftoff. → Read More

Capella Space raises $60 million from fund run by billionaire entertainment exec Thomas Tull

San Francisco-based satellite imagery specialist Capella Space raised $60 million from the U.S. Innovative Technology Fund of billionaire Thomas Tull. → Read More

Virgin Orbit stock plummets after failure of its first UK rocket launch

Virgin Orbit stock fell in trading on Monday evening, after the company confirmed that its first launch out of the United Kingdom failed to reach orbit. → Read More

Space company Maxar agrees to go private in $6.4 billion deal

Space infrastructure and imagery company Maxar agreed to go private through a deal led by Advent International. → Read More

Satellite imagery venture Planet delivers record quarter, sees annual revenue nearing $200 million

Planet delivered record results for the third quarter and forecast nearly $200 million in annual revenue. → Read More

SpaceX launches lunar lander for Japanese venture ispace, which aims to create an economy around the moon

If successful, ispace would be the first private company to land on the moon – a feat previously accomplished by global superpowers. → Read More

NASA's Orion capsule splashes down, completing the first Artemis moon mission

NASA's Orion spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja Mexico on Sunday, completing the agency's Artemis 1 mission. → Read More

SpaceX unveils 'Starshield,' a military variation of Starlink satellites

Elon Musk's SpaceX is expanding its Starlink satellite technology into military applications with a new business line called Starshield. → Read More

Astra chief engineer resigns, CEO shakes up management 'to execute faster'

Beleaguered rocket-builder Astra is losing highly touted chief engineer Benjamin Lyon, the company announced Friday. → Read More

FCC authorizes SpaceX to begin deploying up to 7,500 next-generation Starlink satellites

The FCC issued a key authorization to Elon Musk's SpaceX, granting approval to launch up to 7,500 of its next-generation Starlink internet satellites. → Read More

Amazon used AWS on a satellite in orbit to speed up data analysis in 'first-of-its kind' experiment

Amazon's cloud computing division successfully ran a software suite on a satellite in orbit, the company announced on Tuesday. → Read More

NASA's Orion spacecraft flies by the moon in milestone for Artemis 1 mission

NASA's Orion spacecraft made its closest approach to the moon on Monday morning during day five of the Artemis 1 mission. → Read More

Former SpaceX employees file labor complaints alleging retaliatory firings by Elon Musk's company

Former employees of SpaceX filed federal complaints against the company on Wednesday, alleging Elon Musk's venture illegally fired them. → Read More

NASA’s Artemis mission launches successfully, beginning long-awaited journey to the moon

The uncrewed launch marks the debut of the most powerful rocket ever assembled and kicks off NASA's long-awaited return to the moon's surface. → Read More

AST SpaceMobile stock jumps after company hits key milestone toward satellite-to-smartphone 5G service

Satellite-to-smartphone connectivity venture AST SpaceMobile announced that the wide antenna of its recently launched test satellite deployed successfully. → Read More

SpaceX shakes up Starship leadership in Texas as push for the rocket's next milestone intensifies

SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell and vice president Mark Juncosa are now overseeing the facility and operations of company's Starbase location. → Read More