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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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SpaceX Is Picking Up the Pieces of Their Rocket Business After a Weekend Explosion

5:02 PM ET After a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket came apart on a flight to re-supply the International Space Station, the company’s technical staff is scrambling to review 3,000 different telemetry feeds for information to explain what went wrong. The actual scale of the loss—beyond the $60 million rocket and four tons of...

A SpaceX Rocket Exploded on a Mission to the International Space Station

12:51 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bringing supplies and scientific cargo the International Space Station came apart just minutes after launch today. The cause of the failure, which appeared to come as the rockets’ two stages were about to separate, is still unknown. The company says it is assembling a...

Elon Musk Has Launched a Competition to Build Pods for His Futuristic Hyperloop

June 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk’s SpaceX will build a test track for the Hyperloop, the solar-powered pneumatic mass-transit system he hopes will replace high-speed rail as a regional people-mover, shooting pods full passengers through long tubes to their destinations, according to documents (pdf) obtained by Quartz. As Musk has hinted, SpaceX will create...

SpaceX Has Broken the Monopoly on US National Security Launches

May 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The US Air Force announced today that it certified SpaceX to launch national security payloads, from spy satellites to mystery drones, ending the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA). The move is another milestone in the development of SpaceX from start-up to a legitimate...

SpaceX Gets Approval for National Security Launches

May 27, 2015 The Air Force announced this week that it certified SpaceX to launch national security payloads, from spy satellites to mystery drones, ending the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA). The move is another milestone in the development of SpaceX from start-up to a legitimate...

Air Force Certifies SpaceX To Launch Military Satellites

May 26, 2015 The US Air Force announced today that it certified SpaceX to launch national security payloads, from spy satellites to mystery drones, ending the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA). The move is another milestone in the development of SpaceX fromstart-up to a legitimate aerospace...

US Has Space Experts Worried About an Extraterrestrial Land Grab

May 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Plans to make money in space are missing one of the fundamental ingredients to any business: property rights. If you go mine an asteroid, as several companies plan to do, and bring some minerals back to earth, can you sell them? If you build a moonbase, as entrepreneur Robert Bigelow...

Osama bin Laden’s Eclectic Collection of Books

May 20, 2015 The US has declassified and released a collection of the documents that Navy SEALs recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that ended in the Al Qaeda leader’s death. The declassified letters, books, articles, and technical documents certainly a suggest a man keeping up...

The Air Force's Secret Space Drone Is Headed Back To Orbit

May 20, 2015 The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times....

The Secret American Space Drone is Going Back Into Orbit

May 20, 2015 The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times....