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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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How A Billion-Dollar Satellite Gets to the Launch Pad

August 17, 2018 The California heat is stifling as we climb the 14-foot ladder into the passenger compartment of the C-5 Galaxy, the largest plane flown by the US Air Force. I had been told to expect a cold flight, and wore four layers of clothing. Now, sweat drips down my face. Everyone...

The US Is Worried That a Russian Satellite Is Really a Weapon

August 17, 2018 When the satellite Cosmos 2519 was launched into space by Russia last year, the world did not know why. Now, a US diplomat warned a global arms control conference in Geneva on Aug. 14 that “we are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space...

The U.S. Is Worried That a Russian Satellite Is Really a Weapon

August 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the satellite Cosmos 2519 was launched into space by Russia last year, the world did not know why. Now, a U.S. diplomat warned a global arms control conference in Geneva on Aug. 14 that “we are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space...

Space as a Service: NASA and SpaceX Find a New Way of Putting People Into Orbit

August 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As soon as next year, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will whip around the earth at 17,500 miles per hour, ferrying two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. Those astronauts will have little piloting to do; the spacecraft is mostly automated, as its predecessor was on cargo runs going back...

How The Space Force Took Over Washington

August 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With soldiers still fighting in the Middle East after 17 years, the White House obsession with creating a “Space Force” may seem odd. But in a speech at the Pentagon today, vice president Mike Pence confirmed that the administration plans to do just that. It’s a decision that, however bizarrely...

How The Space Force Took Over Washington

August 9, 2018 With soldiers still fighting in the Middle East after 17 years, the White House obsession with creating a “Space Force” may seem odd. But in a speech at the Pentagon today, vice president Mike Pence confirmed that the administration plans to do just that. It’s a decision that, however bizarrely...

Trump Is Hiding His Phone Calls To World Leaders From The Public

July 26, 2018 The White House will no longer tell the public when Donald Trump speaks to foreign heads of government, CNN reported earlier this week. In recent presidential administrations, presidential aides would typically write out a brief description of the call. As you can see from this 2015 example, they’re not exactly...

A Toxic Fuel Leak on Boeing’s Spacecraft Will Ground U.S. Astronauts a Little Longer

July 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dripping toxic chemicals fouled an attempt to test the rocket engines on a Boeing spacecraft designed to replace the space shuttle and carry astronauts to the International Space Station next year. The anomaly validates warnings that neither Boeing nor its rival SpaceX will be able to field operational spacecraft in...

A Toxic Fuel Leak On Boeing’s Spacecraft Will Ground U.S. Astronauts a Little Longer

July 23, 2018 Dripping toxic chemicals fouled an attempt to test the rocket engines on a Boeing spacecraft designed to replace the space shuttle and carry astronauts to the International Space Station next year. The anomaly validates warnings that neither Boeing nor its rival SpaceX will be able to field operational spacecraft in...

SpaceX And Boeing Are Running Out of Time to Fly Astronauts Into Space

July 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pressure is rising on Boeing and SpaceX, the two companies trying to prove the U.S. can still fly humans to space. Both are expected to miss a November 2019 deadline for producing spacecraft certified as safe enough to transport astronauts—which means NASA, humiliatingly, could end up locked out of the...