Reporter covering the defense and space industries Education: Colby College, B.A., American Studies Christian Davenport covers the defense and space industries for The Washington Post's Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000 and has had an array of assignments, including covering the D.C.-area sniper shootings, the Abu Ghraib scandal, the Fort Hood shootings and the burial problems at Arlington National Cemetery. Before joining the Financial staff, Christian was an editor on the Metro desk, overseeing coverage of local government and politics. He has also worked at Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Austin American-Statesman and is the author of two books. Honors & Awards:
Peabody Award, 2010. On teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, 2010 and 2011.
Books by Christian Davenport:
The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos (PublicAffairs, April 2018)
During their first news conference since arriving at the International Space Station, the astronauts who blasted off Sunday said their escape from Earth’s gravity was a thrilling ride atop a spacecraft that on the ground appeared restless, grunting and vibrating before being unleashed into the skies.
A NASA official asked a Boeing executive if Boeing was going to contest the bid loss. It didn't. Instead, it resubmitted the bid, a move so unusual that NASA officials told the agency's inspector general, who then referred the matter to the Justice Department.
Following a successful Sunday launch, Dragon Crew-1′s ‘Resilience’ capsule docks onto the International Space Station. It became the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to be certified by NASA for human spaceflight.
SpaceX has launched four astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to be certified by NASA for human spaceflight, a certification SpaceX received only days ago.
There is nothing routine about space travel, something made clear Friday when the mission was thrown into doubt after Elon Musk tweeted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus twice and negative twice.
Speaking at a news conference, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday morning it was unclear whether Musk's positive test would have any affect on the launch. Musk also tested negative and another test was expected.
The space station is old. It leaks from time to time, requiring patches like the ones the astronauts installed last month. The toilet breaks. But astronauts have somehow managed to live aboard the outpost continuously for 20 years.
As NASA moves towards the SLS’s first flight, putting the Orion spacecraft in orbit around the moon, there are concerns not with the rocket’s engines but rather with the computer software embedded in all its systems.
SpaceX decided to make the change after the abort of a mission for the U.S. Space Force prompted SpaceX to inspect its fleet of rockets and led to the discovery of a problem in two of the engines of the rocket scheduled to take three NASA astronauts and one from Japan to the space station Nov. 14.