Christian Davenport

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering NASA and the space industry

Education: Colby College, B.A., American Studies

Christian Davenport covers NASA and the space industry 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. He was a consulting producer of “Space: The Private Frontier,” a two-hour documentary that aired on the Discovery and Science Channels, and a producer and co-host of “Space Launch Live,” the networks’ Emmy-award-winning live broadcast of SpaceX’s first crewed mission, which was the
Latest from Christian Davenport

Citing debris threat, NASA abruptly calls off a spacewalk

It was not clear where the debris came from.

November 30, 2021

NASA’s many science missions now include learning how to deflect killer asteroids

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, carrying a refrigerator-sized spacecraft that next September is intended to crash into a small asteroid.

November 24, 2021

With a huge infusion of cash, Sierra Space hopes to get its Dream Chaser spaceplane and space station off the ground

The funding, the company said, will help it meet its goal of flying astronauts by 2025.

November 19, 2021

Trouble aboard the space station sent astronauts fleeing for safety for the second time this year

Mission control in Houston woke the astronauts early Monday to tell them to evacuate the space station and take shelter inside their Dragon spacecraft.

November 16, 2021

In first, Russian test strikes satellite using Earth-based missile

The Biden administration condemned the action and said it created more than 1,500 pieces of dangerous space debris.

November 16, 2021

SpaceX launches another astronaut crew to the International Space Station

SpaceX launches Crew-3 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center for docking with the space station Thursday evening.

November 10, 2021

Citing China threat, NASA says moon landing now will come in 2025

Now that Blue Origin’s latest challenge was struck down by a federal court, NASA is moving ahead with SpaceX to resume work as quickly as possible, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said.

November 9, 2021

SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts splash down in the Gulf of Mexico, completing their mission

SpaceX's Crew Dragon splashed down off the coast of Florida at 10:33 p.m., precisely on time.

November 8, 2021

Federal judge rules against Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin in lunar lander suit, allowing NASA to proceed with Elon Musk’s SpaceX

It’s another setback in Blue Origin’s attempt to force NASA to award more than one lunar lander contract.

November 4, 2021

As NASA and SpaceX prepare to fly another crew to the space station, engineers are fixing a leaky toilet on the spacecraft

As NASA and SpaceX prepare to send their fourth crew of astronauts to the International Space Station, they are driving home the message that space flight remains a tremendously risky endeavor.

October 30, 2021