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Past articles by Aria:

Max Q: Astra Spacecraft Engines, Inc.

Astra is carving out its spacecraft engine business as a wholly owned subsidiary, which will provide greater flexibility in hiring and financing. → Read More

Starlink satellites are dodging objects in orbit thousands of times every month

Starlink satellites are making thousands of avoidance maneuvers as low Earth orbit becomes more crowded, feeding worries that a catastrophic impact is inevitable. SpaceX’s orbital communication satellites performed maneuvers just over 25,000 times in the six-month period between December 1, 2022, and May 21, 2023, the company told the Federal Communications Commission in a recent […] → Read More

Longshot Space wants to make space launch dumb — and really cheap

Longshot Space wants to dumb down kinetic launch to build systems capable of sending mass to orbit for just $10 per kilogram. → Read More

Pulsar Fusion wants to use nuclear fusion to make interstellar space travel a reality

Pulsar Fusion has started construction on a large nuclear fusion chamber in England, as it seeks to develop a fusion propulsion system. → Read More

In-space propulsion developer Benchmark Space Systems closes $33M in new funding

Benchmark Space Systems, a Vermont-based developer of in-space propulsion products, has raised $33.2 million in new funding. → Read More

Astra establishes subsidiary for spacecraft engine business

Astra is carving out its spacecraft engine business as a wholly-owned subsidiary, in a move that provides more flexibility for the company. → Read More

Blue Origin eyes international expansion

Blue Origin is looking to expand into international markets, with the company in the early stages of eyeing up a launch site outside the US. → Read More

Max Q: Virgin Galactic’s triumphant first commercial flight

TechCrunch's weekly newsletter dedicated to all things space, including launch, satellites, space stations and more. → Read More

Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight set to lift off this morning

Virgin Galactic will conduct its first commercial space tourism flight today, a scientific research mission for the Italian Air Force. → Read More

Spire and OroraTech will launch a fleet of wildfire-monitoring satellites

Spire and OroraTech will launch a fleet of eight satellites to monitor thermal anomalies and detect wildfires around the world. → Read More

Ramon.Space wants to take on-orbit computing infrastructure to the next level

The commercial space industry is populated with new services and applications that would’ve been unimaginable even twenty years ago. None of this new activity would be possible without a robust computing infrastructure – including processors and storage systems – that ensure that satellites can communicate with Earth, and to each other. But there are limitations […] → Read More

Airmo combines space and climate tech with emissions monitoring satellites

German startup Airmo is taking aim at climate change, with plans to launch a twelve-satellite constellation to monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the planet. To fuel its ambitions, the company announced today that it closed €5.2 million ($5.7 million) in pre-seed funding, which includes €1.5 million from venture investors and a €3.7 million contract […] → Read More

Max Q: Welcome to the era of MaaS (microgravity-as-a-service)

In this issue: Atmos Space Cargo's research and manufacturing space capsule; another anomaly hits Launcher's Orbiter space tug; news from NASA, and more. → Read More

Anduril’s teeing up to take larger defense market share with latest acquisition

Defense technology company Anduril Industries has acquired Adranos, a startup that manufactures solid rocket motors for in-space and terrestrial applications. The two companies did not disclose the terms of the deal. Indiana-based Adranos’ solid rocket motor propulsion systems are designed for tactical missiles, hypersonics and space launch vehicles. Adranos has also developed a solid rocket […] → Read More

Atmos Space Cargo is building return capsules for in-space research and manufacturing

Atmos Space Cargo is building a return capsule to enable "microgravity on demand" for research and in-space manufacturing applications. → Read More

Rocket Lab doubles down on marine booster recovery with next Electron launch

Rocket Lab is continuing to advance its Electron reusability program, with the company's next mission to include another booster recovery attempt. → Read More

Continuum Space Systems wants to make space mission management easy

Pasadena-based startup Continuum Space Systems has developed a unified platform to support the entire life cycle of a space mission. → Read More

Andreessen Horowitz, Shield Capital back satellite bus manufacturing startup Apex Space

Satellite bus manufacturing startup Apex Space closed a $16 million Series A co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and new investor Shield Capital. → Read More

Launcher’s Orbiter glitches in orbit, forcing emergency deployment of space startups’ payloads

Launcher's second mission experienced an anomaly after reaching orbit that will likely result in the loss of its payloads. → Read More

Rocket Factory Augsburg aims to launch from French Guiana in 2025

German company Rocket Factory Augsburg will build a dedicated launch pad at the Guiana Space Center, with launches commencing in 2025. → Read More