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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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SpaceX Takes its First Step Toward Selling Americans Internet From Space

February 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SpaceX aims to launch two satellites of a new constellation on Feb. 18, the start of a network it expects to one day include more than 4,000 orbiting spacecraft beaming the internet to customers below—and generating billions of dollars in new revenue for the rocket maker. Ajit Pai, chair of...

Donald Trump Wants to Shut Down The International Space Station and Get Ready For Private Space

February 12, 2018 The White House would cut off funding for the International Space Station in 2025 and lean into a future of commercially operated habitats in low-earth orbit, according to draft National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) budget documents shared with Quartz ahead of their official release Monday (Feb. 12). The documents...

Donald Trump Wants to Shut Down the International Space Station and Get Ready for Private Space

February 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House would cut off funding for the International Space Station in 2025 and lean into a future of commercially operated habitats in low-earth orbit, according to draft National Aeronautics and Space Administration budget documents shared with Quartz ahead of their official release Monday. The documents show an administration...

Did SpaceX or Northrop Grumman Screw Up a Secret Satellite Launch? It’s Classified

January 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Few people know what SpaceX launched into space on Jan. 7 when a Falcon 9 rocket carried a secret satellite called Zuma to orbit. Now, anonymous sources say that the satellite has failed or fallen to earth—but the real story may have nothing to do with SpaceX at all. The...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is Cracking Down on Legal Marijuana

January 4, 2018 The pot-puffing residents of California only had a few days to enjoy a new legal regime for recreational cannabis in their state before the Trump administration pulled the rug out. The Associated Press reports that US attorney general Jeff Sessions will close off the legal gray area that has allowed...

U.S. Nuclear Test Killed Far More Civilians Than We Knew

December 21, 2017 When the U.S. entered the nuclear age, it did so recklessly. New research suggests that the hidden cost of developing nuclear weapons were far larger than previous estimates, with radioactive fallout responsible for 340,000 to 690,000 American deaths from 1951 to 1973. The study, performed by University of Arizona economist...

Watch SpaceX Launch its First Reusable Rocket to the International Space Station

December 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk’s space company launched its fourth previously flown booster rocket today (Dec. 15) in a mission to the International Space Station. Then, while a Dragon spacecraft carried more than two tons of research and supplies to the orbiting lab, the booster attempted to return to land at Cape Canaveral...

Why Donald Trump Wants to Go Back to the Moon

December 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today Donald Trump will sign Space Policy Directive 1, an order to send humans back to the moon and beyond. A draft copy of the order seen by Quartz declares that “the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by...

Why Donald Trump Wants to Go Back to the Moon

December 11, 2017 Today Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, an order to send humans back to the moon and beyond. A draft copy of the order seen by Quartz declares that “the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human...

The Next Trump Legal Crisis: Who Is In Charge at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

November 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who will lead the only US financial regulator focused on protecting regular people? That’s a problem that will need to be solved by the courts, thanks to a legal mess created by president Donald Trump. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was set up after the financial crisis, when it became...