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CLPS companies worry about increased competition for limited contracts

HOUSTON — As NASA adds new companies to a commercial lunar landing services program, some existing participants worry its value to them may now...

Japanese lunar lander company ispace on schedule for 2021 first mission

WASHINGTON — Japanese lunar lander company ispace says it’s on track to launch its first mission in 2021 while supporting an American partner on...

Spacebit forms partnership, prepares to send tiny rover to the moon

WASHINGTON – London-based Spacebit plans to send a rover small enough to fit in a single cubesat to the moon in 2021 on Astrobotic’s...

PTScientists acquired, to continue lunar lander work

WASHINGTON — German lunar lander company PTScientists, which filed for bankruptcy in July, announced it has been acquired by an unidentified aerospace company, allowing...

Apollo’s progeny: Today’s space entrepreneurs still standing on the moonshot’s shoulders

This article originally appeared in the July 29, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Tim Pickens has vivid memories of Project Apollo. Growing up in Huntsville,...

Commercial lunar lander company terminates NASA contract

WASHINGTON — One of the three companies NASA selected less than two months ago to carry payloads to the moon has informed the agency...

German lunar lander company files for bankruptcy protection

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A German company that is developing a lunar lander has filed for insolvency, citing a shortfall in funding, but vows to...

Firefly to partner with IAI on lunar lander

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Firefly Aerospace announced July 9 it plans to work with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the manufacturer of the Beresheet lunar lander,...

SpaceIL and other international ventures revise lunar lander efforts

WASHINGTON — SpaceIL’s recent decision not to mount a second lunar lander mission is only the latest sign of delays and retrenchment among international...

Indian startup Bellatrix Aerospace raises $3 million

SANTA BARBARA, California — An Indian satellite propulsion startup with eventual plans to also build a small launch vehicle has raised $3 million from...

NASA awards contracts to three companies to land payloads on the...

WASHINGTON — NASA announced May 31 the award of more than $250 million in contracts to three companies to deliver NASA payloads to the...

SpaceIL says “chain of events” led to crash of lunar lander

WASHINGTON — As SpaceIL continues its investigation into its failed lunar landing attempt April 11, its backers as well as others in the space...

SpaceIL lander crashes on moon

COLORADO SPRINGS — An Israeli lunar lander originally built to win a prize competition crashed onto the surface of the moon April 11 when...

Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashes during historic moon landing attempt

Get the Mach newsletter.SUBSCRIBEApril 11, 2019, 4:24 PM GMT / Updated April 11, 2019, 7:54 PM GMTBy Denise ChowAn Israeli spacecraft attempting to make history...

SpaceIL lander enters lunar orbit

WASHINGTON — SpaceIL announced April 4 that its Beresheet spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon, setting the stage for a landing attempt in...

X Prize Foundation offers “Moonshot Award” to SpaceIL

WASHINGTON — A year after a $20 million prize purse expired, a team in the former Google Lunar X Prize competition could still pick...

Maneuver puts SpaceIL lander on course for the moon

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — SpaceIL’s lunar lander performed a maneuver March 19 that puts the privately developed lander on course to enter orbit around...

SpaceIL back on course for the moon after computer glitch

ORLANDO — A privately-funded Israeli lunar lander performed a maneuver Feb. 28 to raise its orbit after a computer problem postponed an earlier maneuver. The...

SpaceIL lunar lander makes first post-launch maneuvers

WASHINGTON — As an Israeli-built lunar lander makes its first post-launch maneuvers, a Japanese company announced new partnerships in its plans to mount missions...

SpaceX launches satellites, moon mission on Falcon 9

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, an Israeli lunar lander and a U.S. Air Force smallsat launched Feb. 21...

U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the...
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