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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 pic.twitter.com/u4nbVUNCpA — 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...

Nailed It: SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Makes Historic Landing

April 10, 2016 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...

Are Voters Getting Tired of Trump?

April 1, 2016 Donald Trump’s shtick may be getting old. In Wisconsin, host of the next big Republican primary, a new poll shows Texas senator Ted Cruz ahead by 10 percentage points in what should be prime Trump country: a state with a high percentage of non-college educated white, Republican voters. But even...

Border Agents Seized Goods Tied To Forced Labor For The First Time Since 2001

March 30, 2016 Border agents seized a shipment of soda ash from China today, alleging that it was produced by forced prison labor. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol issued an order to seize any material produced by the Tangshan Sanyou Group, a Chinese corporation. The agency said it had information “indicating that the...

This Rocket Exec Angered Everyone in Space and Lost his Job

March 17, 2016 Students at the University of Colorado got an unexpected lesson about the speed of business transformation recently, when a recording of their guest’s candid remarks was posted to the internet, and led to his resignation the next day. Brett Tobey, an aerospace industry veteran who worked at Lockheed Martin for...

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