Boeing's failed Starliner mission strains 'reliability' pitch
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Boeing’s failed Starliner mission strains ‘reliability’ pitch

SEATTLE/CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N) stunted Friday debut of its astronaut capsule threatens to dent the U.S. aerospace incumbent’s self-declared competitive advantage of mission reliability against the price and innovation strengths of “new space” players like Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, has anchored its attempt to repel space visionaries […]

Space 'tow truck' will clean up Earth's orbit and remove defunct satellites
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Space ‘tow truck’ will clean up Earth’s orbit and remove defunct satellites

A space ‘tow truck’ designed to remove dead satellites from Earth’s orbit has been commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA). The project, which has received £10 million in backing from the British Government, will begin the monumental task of getting rid of thousands of defunct satellites. ESA selected a Swiss start-up called ClearSpace for […]

SpaceX performs hold-down firing for heavyweight satellite launch Monday
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SpaceX performs hold-down firing for heavyweight satellite launch Monday

A test-firing of a twice-flown Falcon 9 booster Friday at Cape Canaveral paved the way for SpaceX’s next launch, scheduled for Monday night with a heavyweight Boeing-built communications satellite to beam broadband signals to Japan and the Pacific islands. SpaceX is readying the Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff with the JCSAT 18/Kacific commercial communications satellite […]