@Peter_J_Beck Beck declined to comment on the price tag of a Neutron launch, but said the rocket “would be a pointless exercise” if Rocket Lab “didn’t think that we would be very cost competitive with with anything that’s currently in the market or or being proposed.” cnbc.com/2021/12/02/roc…
Rocket Lab $RKLB is giving a major update on its planned larger Neutron rocket at 8 a.m. ET, providing the first details about the reusable vehicle since announcing the company was going public.
Watch the livestream:
$RKLB Neutron event starting now:
CEO @Peter_J_Beck: "Where do you start designing a new rocket? Ironically, you don't start at the rocket. You start at the satellite and all the spacecraft you need to launch, and then you start the design process around that."
@VP@CaptMarkKelly Kelly: "As we've seen in recent weeks and months, the threats to U.S. national security and commercial assets in space are real, and these threats will undoubtedly grow in the years to come."
@VP@CaptMarkKelly Harris speaking now, thanking Kelly for his dedication and "life of service."
Elon Musk, in a company-wide email obtained by CNBC, said SpaceX's Raptor engine program is "a disaster" and in "crisis":
"We face genuine risk of bankruptcy if we cannot achieve a Starship flight rate of at least once every two weeks next year." cnbc.com/2021/11/30/elo…
Musk sent the update on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and said he had planned to take the holiday off but would be personally working on the Raptor production line through the weekend. cnbc.com/2021/11/30/elo…
The email provides more context to the significance of former propulsion VP Will Heltlsey's departure, who CNBC reported was taken off Raptor development earlier this month:
The DART spacecraft was built by @JHUAPL, with @RedwireSpace contributing the navigation system and two roll-out solar arrays, while @ASI_spazio built the LICIACube satellite that will image the collision.
Scoop – SpaceX has had some recent changes to leadership of its rocket business, with a pair of VPs and a senior director leaving the company, sources told CNBC: cnbc.com/2021/11/22/elo…
VP of propulsion Will Heltsley has left, sources said, having been with the company since 2009 – Heltsley was taken off Raptor due to a lack of progress, demonstrating the intense pressure given the engine's importance to Starship. cnbc.com/2021/11/22/elo…
On the SpaceX mission and launch operations team, VP Lee Rosen and senior director Ricky Lim both left – with Rosen having been there since 2013 and Lim since 2008. cnbc.com/2021/11/22/elo…
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims releases its opinion on the Blue Origin HLS lawsuit ruling, saying that the company "does not have standing because it did not have a substantial chance of award" and, even if it did have standing, "it would lose on merits:"
This opinion is the context to the judge's ruling in Blue Origin's lawsuit earlier this month:
Elon Musk says that SpaceX hopes to complete work on the Starbase launch pad and launch tower "later this month," with more tests in December and "hopefully" an orbital Starship launch attempt in January.
Musk: "In order for life become multiplanetary we'll need maybe 1000 ships or something like that."
Musk emphasizes that NASA selected Starship for the HLS program: "Because of the mass transport capabilities ... to actually have a permanently occupied base on the Moon."
NASA's Inspector General projects the Artemis 1 mission will not launch until "summer 2022," while delays on the HLS program and new spacesuit development mean it will be "several years" later than expected until the agency lands astronauts on the Moon: oig.nasa.gov/docs/IG-22-003…
The OIG report comes a week after NASA officially delayed Artemis III, the crewed lunar landing, to 2025:
NASA is hosting a Crew-3 post-launch press briefing, with:
-Assoc. admin @KathyLueders
-Commercial Crew manager Steve Stich
-ISS manager Joel Montalbano
-SpaceX director of Dragon mission management Sarah Walker
@KathyLueders Lueders: "We had a little bit of a curveball that we had to work through and the team carefully assessed and restructured the plan and worked out the different options for Crew-2 and Crew-3."
@KathyLueders Stich says Crew Dragon Endurance is "doing really well," with the nosecone open now.
“This is about building a company and a space launch system that is going to enter into the commercial markets with a very high cadence and launch at the lowest cost in the industry." cnbc.com/2021/11/09/spi…