June 7, 2013 |
The gig: Gwynne Shotwell, 49, is president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, the Hawthorne company that builds rockets and space capsules to resupply the International Space Station for NASA. Shotwell is No. 2 at the pioneering company behind founder and chief executive Elon Musk. She is responsible for day-to-day operations and managing customer relationships and company growth. Shotwell, with a sunny demeanor and a blunt way of speaking, is often responsible for updating the media on SpaceX's missions while they're happening.
April 13, 2014 |
A high-stakes battle is underway in Washington over launching the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites. Space entrepreneur Elon Musk is pitted against the nation's two largest weapons makers, Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., in a fight for military contracts worth as much as $70 billion through 2030. For eight years, the Pentagon has paid Boeing and Lockheed - operating jointly as United Launch Alliance - to launch the government's pricey spy satellites without seeking competitive bids.
March 26, 2014 |
About 150 employees at rocket engine maker Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park were told Wednesday that they would be laid off as part of a companywide reduction that the company says is related to last year's merger. Aerojet Rocketdyne was created by the sale of Rocketdyne to GenCorp Inc. for $550 million, a deal that was finalized last summer. It brought together two major California rocket companies - and longtime competitors. GenCorp already owned Aerojet, the Sacramento aerospace firm founded in 1942.
April 27, 2007 |
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., a start-up seeking to slash the cost of coursing through the cosmos, has been granted a five-year license to launch rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Air Force said. The approval could help El Segundo-based SpaceX, as the privately held company is known, compete with Orbital Sciences Corp., which develops small space systems, and later with the bigger rockets of Europe's Arianspace and the United Launch Alliance.
December 20, 2005 |
The would-be maiden launch of a new rocket designed to sharply cut the cost of lifting satellites into orbit was postponed again Monday because of a "structural issue" with its first-stage tank. The initial flight of Falcon I rocket has been rescheduled for early next year, El Segundo-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said. The fledgling company, also known as SpaceX, was founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk.
July 18, 2012 |
SpaceX , the Hawthorne firm that became the first private company to visit the International Space Station, in May, produced a video to highlight the historic mission. The video, below, is chock-full of dramatic rock music, images and sounds from the mission, including: May 22: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Fla. May 23: Dragon orbited Earth as it traveled toward the space station. May 24: Dragon's onboard sensors and flight systems were subjected to a series of tests.