May 15, 2012 |
For the last half-century, space flight has been the domain of the world's superpowers. All that is set to change as soon as Saturday when SpaceX, the private rocket company in Hawthorne, will attempt to launch a spaceship with cargo into orbit and three days later dock it with the International Space Station. If successful, the mission could mean a major shift in the way the U.S. government handles space exploration. Instead of keeping space travel a closely guarded government function, NASA has already begun hiring privately funded start-up companies for spacecraft development and is moving toward eventually outsourcing NASA space missions.
February 27, 2012 |
California is at risk of losing aerospace companies to other states if it doesn't become more business-friendly, according to Stuart Witt, general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port. Speaking at NextGen Suborbital Research Conference , a commercial space conference in Palo Alto, Witt said that California politicians need to do more so other states don't lure the emerging commercial space industry away from the Southland. Just last August, aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp.moved its corporate headquarters from Century City to Falls Church , Va. The company joined an exodus of military companies -- including Lockheed Martin Corp., Science Applications International Corp.
January 27, 2012 |
Taking his campaign to Florida's space coast, Mitt Romney used the backdrop of an obsolete space module that once flew on the shuttle to call for a “new mission” for the U.S. space program and to accuse President Obama of failing to spur job growth as NASA initiatives have been scaled back. But the former Massachusetts governor offered few specifics about what that mission would be or how his approach would differ from President Obama's - beyond assembling a group to discuss the possible ideas.
April 5, 2011 |
Work is quietly underway in the South Bay on a massive 22-story rocket whose power is rivaled in the U.S. only by the mighty Saturn V rocket, which took man to the moon, in a risky private venture that could herald a new era in space flight. Dubbed Falcon Heavy, the 27-engine booster is being assembled by rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, at its sprawling complex in Hawthorne where it has about 1,100 workers. The rocket, which has twice the lifting capability of the next largest launcher built by a U.S. company, is being announced Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington.
July 23, 2009 |
Forty years after the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the business of space has yet to experience the renaissance many once thought possible. "It's 2009, and we thought we'd be going to the moon on PanAm by now," said John Pike, an analyst who follows the industry at think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "We thought the number of rockets that would be launched each year would be more and more and it would get cheaper and cheaper, but it didn't happen that way."
October 4, 2007 |
Fifty years ago today, the Soviet Union surprised the world by launching Sputnik, Earth's first artificial satellite, into orbit. The satellite's unfettered "flight" over our country and around the world brought home the Soviet threat for millions of Americans, and it motivated the United States to regain the technological upper hand through education, advanced science and civilian-military aerospace efforts.