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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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SpaceX’s Leaked Finances Show Elon Musk Is Betting Big on Satellite Internet

January 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SpaceX does good business when the rockets are flying—and becomes a money-loser when they’re not, according to company financials published in the Wall Street Journal today. The behind-the-scenes peek at Elon Musk’s privately held space business also reveals the company’s hopes to generate enormous revenue from an ambitious effort to...

The Story Behind the Strange Government Ethics Tweets Singing Donald Trump’s Praises

January 3, 2017 An attention-grabbing tweet storm from the US government’s ethics watchdog about Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest turns out to have been written by its director—but even Twitter employees feared that the account had been hacked. On November 30, the official Twitter account of the Office of Government Ethics let loose...

SpaceX Says it Figured Out Why its Rocket Exploded And Will Fly Again Within Days

January 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four months after an explosion tore through its signature Falcon 9 rocket during fueling, destroying the rocket and its multimillion-dollar cargo in just 93 milliseconds, SpaceX says it has isolated what went wrong and is ready to fly again. If the Federal Aviation Administration issues the company a license, likely...

All the Astronauts on the International Space Station Did the Mannequin Challenge

December 29, 2016 French astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared this video of the entire human population in orbit doing the “mannequin challenge,” which likely qualifies as the most expensive on record. Even the Russians participated. But, it’s still not as good as Black Chyna’s rendition. We got the whole crew together and took the...

First Voice Transmission from Space was Eisenhower Wishing Peace on Earth from a Nuclear Missile

December 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In December 1958, the Cold War got a spark of warmth when the U.S. broadcast a holiday message of peace and goodwill around the world—from an orbiting nuclear missile. A little more than a year after Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union to kick off...

Peter Thiel is Pushing Donald Trump to Use Private Space Companies at NASA

December 21, 2016 Peter Thiel is hard at work on Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency—vetting nominees, corralling Silicon Valley honchos, and, now, making sure there is room for private enterprise at the world’s premiere space agency. The controversial tech investor, who this year made a winning bet on Trump that outraged many...

Peter Thiel is Pushing Donald Trump to Use Private Space Companies at NASA

December 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Peter Thiel is hard at work on Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency—vetting nominees, corralling Silicon Valley honchos, and, now, making sure there is room for private enterprise at the world’s premiere space agency. The controversial tech investor, who this year made a winning bet on Trump that outraged many...

What It’s Like to Work at the Department of Energy as Donald Trump Takes Over

December 15, 2016 The Department of Energy is in turmoil as US president-elect Donald Trump’s team moves in to take over. Why? The DOE, mainly responsible for American nuclear programs, is one of the most scientifically driven organizations in government. Its national research labs employ more than 100,000 scientists and engineers; its work...

Biggest Names in Tech Are Meeting with Donald Trump. They Will Have Much to Discuss

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Silicon Valley’s boldfaced names are heading east to pay their respects to the president-elect at Trump Tower. Among the expected attendees at the Dec. 14 closed-door meeting: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, IBM...

What a Trump Presidency Means for NASA and Future of Space Exploration

November 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA’s scientific mission doesn’t make the U.S. space agency immune to the politics of presidential transitions. After all, there are billions of dollars of programs and funding at stake. Witness the hand-off in 2008 from President George W. Bush to Barack Obama: The future of an expensive plan known as...