NASA private space station contracts: Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Northrop

Concept art for the space station “Starlab” Nanorax NASA has awarded three companies contracts to develop private space stations, as the agency prepares to retire from the International Space Station. The agency announced Thursday that Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and Nanorak were awarded $415.6 million under NASA’s Leo Designs (CLD) commercial venture. Nanoracks … Read more

Omicron clouds outlook for international travel that was just turning a corner

A passenger arrives at a terminal at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington as countries react to the novel coronavirus variant Omicron amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Washington, United States, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Parilla Carlos Barria | Reuters The spread of the omicron variant Covid-19 around the world may delay the recovery … Read more

China issues directive to bring Boeing 737 Max back to the skies after more than 2 years

This December 15, 2018 photo shows a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft delivered to China Airlines during a ceremony at the Boeing 737 Zhoushan Fulfillment and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province. STR | AFP | Getty Images Chinese aviation regulators on Thursday instructed airlines to make the changes needed to fly Boeing’s … Read more

next test for global supply chain crisis

Cargo ships load and unload containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, November 11, 2021. Yu Fangping | Costphoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images Ports and companies have been grappling with the global supply chain crisis since the beginning of the year. Just as the crisis … Read more

Apple, ex-Tesla, engineer Michael Schwekutsch jumps to Archer aviation

Attendees watch as aircraft maker Archer is unveiled on June 10, 2021 in Hawthorne, California. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Michael Schweikoch, director of engineering at the Apple Special Projects Group that is said to be working on self-driving cars, has left to join air taxi startup Archer as senior vice president … Read more

GM to form new joint venture to produce costly raw materials for EVs

Production is now set to begin at the former assembly plant in Detroit-Hamtramck, less than two years after General Motors announced a massive $2.2 billion investment to renovate the entire facility to build a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs. Photo by Jeffrey Suger for General Motors DETROIT – General Motors is planning to form … Read more

White House VP Kamala Harris unveils Space Priorities Framework

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on November 5, 2021. Taylor Michal/NASA The Biden administration’s first National Space Council meets on Wednesday, as Vice President Kamala Harris is set to outline the White House’s approach to space policy. Revived two decades after the previous presidency, the National Space Council met … Read more

Auto executives say more than half of U.S. car sales will be EVs by 2030, KPMG survey shows

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the General Motors Factory Zero electric vehicle assembly plant, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, in Detroit. Evan Fauci | AP Auto executives believe more than half of their sales will be electric cars by 2030, in line with President Joe Biden’s electric vehicle sales goal, according to a … Read more

Starship’s Raptor engine crisis risks bankruptcy

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stands at the base of a prototype Starship rocket at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Steve Jurvetson on Flickr Elon Musk is angry at SpaceX’s lack of progress in developing the Raptor engines that power the Starship rocket. He described a distressing situation the day after Thanksgiving in a … Read more

BMW unveils high-performance XM hybrid electric concept vehicle

BMW on Monday evening unveiled a new high-performance concept car showcasing an electric crossover expected to begin production late next year in South Carolina. The automaker said the new production vehicle, called the BMW XM, will be available exclusively as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle under the company’s “M” performance division. The concept vehicle revealed … Read more