The space industry wants to launch more rockets through an already congested airspace. The airline industry says that will lead to more flight delays.
Many believe both SpaceX and Boeing may be forced to push their first flights with crews into next year, three years later than initially anticipated.
Trump wants to return to the moon. Jeff Bezos is among those vying to help with his company, Blue Origin.
The birthplace of America’s Space Age fell into decay once the shuttle retired. With private companies racing into space, the once-sacrosanct stretch of Florida coast is experiencing a revival.
Target test flight schedule
Boeing and SpaceX were awarded contracts from NASA to develop spacecraft capable of flying crews to the International Space Station. They have been in a race to see which company would fly first.
August 2019: Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed)
Summer 2019: Boeing Pad Abort Test
Late 2019: Boeing Crew Flight Test (crewed)
SpaceX and NASA are reevaluating test dates for Demo-2 (crewed). SpaceX completed the SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed) Test in March.
Note: Schedule reflects the most recently released dates by NASA.
As NASA prepares to launch humans from the U.S. again, the nature of space flight and who does it is changing once more.
Richard Branson knows the agony of space flight. After years of setbacks, he’s set on triumph.
As Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic prepares to eventually fly its first customers, the question remains.
KidsPost explores American spaceflight
We asked kids to show us what “America’s Return to Space” looks like. Here is a selection of their creations.
Journey to Space
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A look at some of the challenges, tools and inspiration for today’s kids, who will be the generation that travels to Mars.
Chris Ferguson flew with NASA before. Now, he’s returning as a citizen test pilot for the first flight of Boeing’s commercial craft.
NASA's administrator has directed the agency to look at boosting its brand by selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft.
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Christian Davenport covers the defense and space industries for The Washington Post's Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000 and has served as an editor on the Metro desk and as a reporter covering military affairs. He is the author of "The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos" (PublicAffairs, 2018). Follow @wapodavenport .
Originally published Sept. 11, 2018.