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)
SpaceX successfully completed the last phase of a crucial test flight to prove it can fly humans to space for NASA. The company's Dragon capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean early Friday after a nearly weeklong journey in which it docked with the International Space Station.
SpaceX will launch an uncrewed rocket from the Kennedy Space Center early Saturday, an important test for NASA and the company. It comes at a time when controversy is swirling around company founder Elon Musk.
On Wednesday, OneWeb plans to launch the first six satellites from a remote launch site in French Guiana, a key step toward building out a constellation that could eventually reach nearly 2,000 satellites.
For the second time in three months, Virgin Galactic has launched a spacecraft into space. But varying definitions of "space" sparked comments by Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, who said in a speech that his company's astronauts won't have "asterisks" next to their names because they'll exceed NASA's definition of space.