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The Government Has Approved the First Private Landing on the Moon

August 3, 2016 Space company Moon Express says it has received approval from the US government for a 2017 mission to become the first private firm to land on the moon. “Only three super powers have ever landed on any planet—we will become the fourth super power,” Moon Express co-founder and chairman Naveen...

Watch SpaceX Test-Fire its Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket for the First Time Ever

July 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk’s space company has taken another key step toward re-using its most expensive vehicle, the Falcon 9 rocket, by test-firing a previously-used first stage. In May, the rocket containing nine engines and their fuel tanks stage sent a Japanese communication satellite nearly 37,000 km (22,990 miles) into space, before...

SpaceX Breaks 2 Records in Latest Mission to International Space Station

July 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With its ninth mission to the International Space Station today, SpaceX has reached two significant milestones. It returned an orbital rocket booster to a Cape Canaveral, Florida, landing pad for the second time. And it eclipsed its own record for most rockets launched in a year, making seven successful missions...

California Governor Jerry Brown’s Plan for Cheaper Rent is Going to Make People Upset

June 3, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown’s long political career has seen many battles, but the governor who turned around California’s insane budget and riled up the Bernie Bros by endorsing Hillary Clinton is taking on perhaps his toughest political opponent yet: The NIMBY. Not In My Backyard is the pejorative term of...

SpaceX Has Landed its Fastest-Flying Rocket Yet on a Floating Platform at Sea

May 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flying satellites and landing rockets are almost becoming routine for the Elon Musk’s rocket company, but SpaceX still managed to wedge a new milestone into their latest flight. After launching JCSAT-14, a Japanese satellite that will provide TV and data services across the Pacific early this morning, SpaceX landed the...

The Eric Schmidt-Backed Startup Working to Put Hillary Clinton in the White House

May 5, 2016 An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics. The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure...

The Science Behind SpaceX’s Ambitious Plan to Land a Spacecraft on Mars

May 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Only the space agencies of the Soviet Union, the U.S and the EU have landed anything on Mars. This week, Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX said it would put its Dragon spacecraft on the red planet “as soon as 2018″—making it the first private company to go interplanetary. It’s easy...

SpaceX Plans to Head for Mars as Soon as 2018

April 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk has long said that his dream of colonizing Mars led him to found SpaceX. Now, we have a target date for the first visit. Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture, details to come — SpaceX (@SpaceX)...

The Federal Ban on Imported Goods Made From Slave Labor Appears to Have Teeth

April 14, 2016 A new rule to ban the US import of products made with forced labor could mean trouble for companies whose supply chains reach into the darkest corners of the global labor market. Last week, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a seizure order for a shipment of soda...

SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Makes Historic Landing

April 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After four failed attempts, SpaceX has successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a sea-going platform. The landing is a critical success in founder Elon Musk’s mission to disrupt the space access business, cutting the costs of a launch by reusing the first stage of the...

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