Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times

Samantha Masunaga

Los Angeles Times

Downey, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Samantha:

California gas prices will probably rise after attack on Saudi oil plant

Within a week or two, California gas prices could go up 10 to 25 cents a gallon — or even higher if the Saudi oil plant doesn't regroup quickly. → Read More

Space gets more crowded: ESA satellite veers to avoid hitting SpaceX satellite

Three months after Elon Musk's SpaceX launched the first set of satellites for a large constellation, another satellite operator has had to veer to keep its spacecraft out of harm's way. → Read More

Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition: Small risk, big statement

Walmart will phase out sales of ammunition for handguns and short-barrel rifles, eliminating a small chunk of its sales to make a big political statement. → Read More

SpaceX Starhopper rocket takes a bigger hop as Elon Musk prepares for Mars

A little over a month after SpaceX's Mars spaceship prototype first flew, the Starhopper flew again. The target was 500 feet. → Read More

Could the Apollo 11 moon landing be duplicated today? ‘Lots of luck with that’

The passage of half a century has blurred many of the reasons that the United States was able to accomplish what seemed like science fiction: the July 20, 1969, landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. → Read More

Virgin Orbit drops a rocket from the wing of a plane in critical test

Virgin Orbit hopes to send small satellites into space by launching rockets horizontally. A first test launch could come by the end of September. → Read More

Tesla beats expectations, delivers 95,000 vehicles in the second quarter

Tesla Inc. delivered more than 95,000 vehicles in the second quarter, beating analysts' expectations. → Read More

SpaceX faces daunting challenges if it’s going to win the internet space race

One of SpaceX's major undertakings — the Starlink constellation of thousands of satellites to beam internet traffic — will be one of its most challenging. → Read More

SpaceX hopes to impress the Air Force with its ‘most difficult launch ever’

SpaceX's six-hour mission Monday night will be a test run for winning future Air Force missions, especially against rivals like Blue Origin. → Read More

Kelly Latimer flies at the cutting edge of aviation — and soon, space

After a long Air Force career and time spent as a test pilot for NASA and Boeing, Kelly Latimer is now a test pilot for Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit. → Read More

In Trump’s trade war with China, L.A. ports are ground zero

Trump's trade war has thrown a wrench into Southern California's supply chain, starting with ports that handle 48% of containerized China trade. → Read More

YouTube's purge of white supremacist videos also hits anti-racism channels

YouTube’s campaign against hateful and racist videos is claiming some unintended victims: researchers working to expose racist hatemongers. → Read More

Consumers are already seeing price hikes from the last round of Trump’s tariffs

Consumer prices on luggage and major appliances such as washing machines have already increased as a result of previous rounds of tariffs. → Read More

SpaceX suffers accident during ground test of Crew Dragon astronaut capsule

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Saturday evening that SpaceX suffered an anomaly during a Saturday test of the company's Crew Dragon astronaut capsule's escape thrusters. → Read More

The Navy is starting to put up real money for robot submarines

They don't have crews. They're OK with mine-infested waters. And they never get bored. Now, the Navy has given Boeing another $46.7 million for a fifth drone sub, for a total contract value of about $275 million. → Read More

KPC Group gets court approval to acquire four Verity hospitals

A bankruptcy court judge approved Corona-based KPC Group's bid to acquire four of the nonprofit Verity Health System hospitals, including St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. → Read More

L.A. gas prices reach $4 a gallon for the first time in four years

Gas prices in the Los Angeles and Long Beach area have risen about 18 cents in the past week. → Read More

Stratolaunch’s enormous twin-bodied plane takes its first flight

In taking to the sky over California’s Mojave Desert, the Stratolaunch plane brought closer the dream of launching satellites from the air. → Read More

SpaceX notches two Falcon Heavy firsts with commercial launch and booster recovery

After the Falcon Heavy rocket's first commercial launch, carrying an Arabsat-6A communications satellite, SpaceX successfully landed all three boosters for the first time for the rocket. → Read More

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launches its first satellite into a rapidly changing market

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will launch Wednesday with a commercial payload on board for the first time. The rocket's first-ever mission last year launched a Tesla car into space. → Read More