Musk to Get Jump on Rival Bezos by Launching His Own SpaceX Satellites

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a business out of launching satellites for commercial customers, NASA and the U.S. military. On Wednesday, the company will launch orbital objects of its own in a critical step toward creating a space-based constellation that beams broadband to underserved areas across the globe. It’s a bet Musk is making along […]

3 Reasons Why the Second Falcon Heavy Launch Is a Make-or-Break Moment for SpaceX

In the space travel battle, there’s no margin for error. And when SpaceX launches its Falcon Heavy for the second time on Wednesday, that fact will perhaps be clearer than ever. Barring unforeseen weather issues or other problems, SpaceX will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket with an onboard Arabsat-6A communications satellite at 6:35 p.m. ET […]

Rocket Startup Relativity Space Announces First Major Launch Client

Rocket startup Relativity Space has announced the first major customer to use its 3D-printed spacecraft for launching small satellites. Canadian satellite operator Telesat, which plans to loft 100 to 500 orbiting craft that would offer Internet service from space, will rely partly on Relativity launches starting in 2021, the companies said on Friday. Financial terms […]

Jeff Bezos and Amazon Propose Space-Based Internet Service to Compete With SpaceX and OneWeb

Amazon CEOJeff Bezos is joining the Internet space race. Last month, Amazon filed with the International Telecommunications Union for permission to put 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit so it could offer Internet service globally. The plan, codenamed Project Kuiper, is similar to those of a number of other companies that are pushing to establish […]

Challenges Ahead for the Satellite Startup Industry

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. MIT has been holding its entrepreneur-focused New Space Age Conference for four years, and it’s notable how quickly things have changed. For one, the first iteration fit in a […]

Data Sheet—Why the Satellite Market Is Getting So Overcrowded

MIT has been holding its entrepreneur-focused New Space Age conference for four years, and it’s notable how quickly things have changed. For one, the first iteration fit in a smaller room and lacked the giant and delicious mid-morning doughnuts supplied for the 2019 conference. But more importantly, the focus has shifted in two ways. Way […]

SpaceX Will Launch Another Dummy into Space on Saturday. Here’s How to Watch

Can Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully carry people into space? That question should get a partial answer within the next 24-hours, thanks to a test named ‘Demo-1’. In the early hours of Saturday morning, SpaceX will attempt a demonstration mission for Crew Dragon, a version of its spacecraft that’s been fitted out to carry people rather […]