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Recent articles by Aria:

Astra brings on new CFO as it looks to scale launch and propulsion businesses

Space company Astra is bringing in Axel Martinez as its new CFO as it looks to navigate volatile capital markets. → Read More

NASA and SpaceX are studying sending a private crew to boost Hubble’s orbit

NASA and SpaceX signed a new agreement to study the feasibility of sending a private crew to boost the orbit of the Hubble telescope. → Read More

Astra will no longer launch NASA’s TROPICS satellites

Astra will no longer launch NASA's TROPICS satellites to space, but instead comparable scientific missions for the agency. → Read More

Max Q: Icy

Thousands of people traveled to Paris for the International Astronautical Congress 2022, one of the world's largest space conferences. Alas, I was not one of them. → Read More

Rocket Lab expands US presence with engine testing, launch facilities

Rocket lab discusses Neutron and Electron Rocket progress, as well as the Archimedes rocket engine and plans to launch in Virginia. → Read More

SpinLaunch wraps up new round to fling payloads to space

Instead of using a conventional rocket to vertically propel things to orbit, SpinLaunch wants to use an aerodynamic launch vehicle attached to a rotating arm in a large vacuum chamber. → Read More

Blue Origin’s private space station is starring in a new movie — but it’s firmly grounded for now

The film, which will be set in 2030, will be the story of a spaceship dubbed HELIOS and its crew. → Read More

Are general purpose robots impossible? Apptronik says no, pockets fresh NASA partnership

Before Apollo ever sees space, Apptronik is eyeing terrestrial applications, with the hopes of selling the robot to companies across major industries. → Read More

Max Q: Propulsive!

In this issue: Morpheus Space's big raise; Starlink comes to... Antarctica!; News from Firefly Aerospace, Spire and more → Read More

Nanoracks cut a piece of metal in space for the first time

Nanoracks just made space construction and manufacturing history with the first demonstration of cutting metal in orbit. → Read More

Intuitive Machines to go public in SPAC deal

Lunar lander company Intuitive Machiens plans to go public in a SPAC merger valued at $815 million. IM is targeting 2023 for launch. → Read More

Astrobotic expands with acquisition of Masten Space Systems

Astrobotics gets Masten’s substantial portfolio of space technologies, including its vertical take-off and landing rocketry and propulsion test centers. → Read More

Max Q: The waiting game

In this issue of Max Q: An Artemis launch update; Rocket Lab and Sierra Space's new agreements for space transportation; News from Axiom, OneWeb and more → Read More

Rocket Lab, Sierra Space sign agreements under US military’s rocket cargo project

The military is interested in how cargo capsules can be used to enable ultra-high-speed logistics. → Read More

Max Q: Disrupt –

Happy Labor Day! Due to the scheduling of the newsletter, I'll have finished writing this by the time NASA makes the second launch attempt of the Artemis I mission. By now, you probably already know how it all went down anyway! → Read More

NASA orders five more astronaut transportation flights from SpaceX for $1.4 billion

NASA stressed the importance of having redundant astronaut transportation capabilities to ensure the ISS is continuously crewed through the end of the station’s life in 2030. → Read More

NASA scrubbed the launch attempt of the Artemis I mission –

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. I’m writing to you from Florida, where NASA scrubbed Monday’s launch attempt of the Artemis I mission. In this issue: NASA’s Artemis I launch is scrubbed T-Mobile and SpaceX’s new partnership News from Astrobotic, Violet Labs and more By the way… TechCrunch Disrupt finally returns — live and […] → Read More

NASA scrubs Artemis I launch due to technical issue –

After much fanfare, including a crop of celebrity appearances and the arrival of Vice President Kamala Harris, NASA said it was scrubbing today’s first-ever launch attempt of the mega moon rocket due to technical issues. The mission was scrubbed at T-40 minutes after engineers were unable to resolve an engine bleed issue. “The engine bleed […] → Read More

Astrobotic’s CubeRover will try to survive the lunar night –

Astrobotic will use CubeRover to test technologies for surviving the lunar night and communicating across greater distances on the moon’s surface. → Read More

Max Q: To the moon!!!

T-minus 1 week until Artemis I liftoff. In this issue of Max Q: NASA's mega moon rocket rolls to the launch pad, Skyrora's testing milestone on Scottish soil → Read More