Aerospace

It’s showtime for Robert Bigelow. The real estate developer and hotel magnate estimates he’s spent $275 million of his own fortune researching, building, and testing expandable living areas for outer space at Bigelow Aerospace, a company he founded in North Las Vegas 16 years ago. NASA wants to see if he’s right. It’s paying him …

Moon Express, a Mountain View, California-based company that’s aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year, just took another step closer toward that lofty goal. Earlier this year, it became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The …

SpaceX and Boeing plan to build space “taxis” that can American astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, and both companies appeared together at a NASA press conference Monday to unveil updates in the space agency’s commercial crew carrier competition. NASA has awarded Boeing $4.6 billion and SpaceX $2.6 billion to develop and operate …

Alcoa opened a new plant on Thursday-the latest installment of its aggressive $90 million expansion in aerospace manufacturing.

Japanese construction firm Obayashi says it will have an elevator to space in operation by 2050. ABC News Australia reported that Obayashi’s space elevator will reach 96,000 kilometers (59,652 miles) into space. People riding the elevator will be inside robotic cars powered by magnetic motors. It will be able to carry around 30 people at a time and will …

Back when President John Kennedy urged the nation to get to the moon ASAP, or when America decided to send rovers to Mars, space programs benefited from a desire by the U.S. to explore beyond our planet—and stay one step ahead of potential adversaries. In those days, NASA had a bigger budget and was able …

A new space race is heating up. NASA has chosen to manufacture a new crew carrier to take astronauts up the International Space Station. The stakes to land this prestigious contract are high.