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Astra lays off 25% of workforce, reallocates engineers, in an effort to fight dwindling cash reserves

Astra has laid off 25% of its workforce since the beginning of the quarter and is reallocating at least 50 engineers and manufacturing staff away from its launch business to focus on spacecraft production, the company said Friday. The reallocation and layoffs are expected to delay testing of the under-development Rocket 4 and Launch System […]

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Max Q: Solving artificial gravity with gravityLab

Hello and welcome back to Max Q! In this issue: Solving artificial gravity with gravityLab News from Atomos Space and more But first… The Aerospace Corporation and TechCrunch are joining forces to host a pitch competition to find the strongest startups using AI/Machine Learning to work with satellite data streams. Finalists will get the rare opportunity

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SpaceX’s Swarm Technologies is halting new device sales

Swarm, the Internet-of-Things connectivity provider that was acquired by SpaceX, will no longer be selling new devices, according to an email sent to customers earlier this month. The news appears to be directly related to SpaceX’s forthcoming expansion into the satellite-to-cell market, with Swarm telling customers that it plans to offer a version of its

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Congress prepares to continue throwing money at NASA’s Space Launch System

Congress will pour billions more dollars into the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its associated architecture, even as NASA science missions remain vulnerable to cuts. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees recommend earmarking around $25 billion for NASA for the next fiscal year (FY 24), which is in line with the amount of

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India to launch Chandrayaan-3 moon lander mission on July 14

India will launch its latest moon lander mission Chandrayaan-3, a follow-on almost four years after the crash of its previous iteration in 2019, on July 14, the country’s space agency has announced. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch the next Chandrayaan (Sanskrit for “moon vehicle”) mission using its Launch Vehicle Mark-III from Satish

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Continuum Space Systems wants to make space mission management easy

Space mission management is a complicated beast, too often characterized by complex workflows and information siloes that cost organizations time and money. Continuum Space Systems, a two-year-old startup based in Pasadena, is looking to change that with its unified platform to support the entire life cycle of a space mission. To further that goal, Continuum

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Rocket Lab doubles down on marine booster recovery with next Electron launch

Rocket Lab’s next Electron mission will include another marine recovery attempt of the rocket’s booster, the latest step by the company to advance its reusability program. The mission, called “Baby Come Back,” will take off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. The launch window opens no earlier than July 14.

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Max Q: Galactic

Hello and welcome back to Max Q! Happy Memorial Day everyone. In this issue: Astranis’ novel approach to GEO satellites Virgin Galactic’s return to the skies News from SpaceX, and more Astranis’ novel approach to internet satellites is starting to pay off Astranis, a satellite internet startup based in San Francisco, said Wednesday that its

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