October 1, 2019
Last weekend brought what could be the biggest space industry news in years. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled Starship – a rapidly reusable rocket that he hails as "the Holy Grail of space." Being able to launch, land, and immediately relaunch a reusable rocket is a critical breakthrough that would make space flights similar to air travel. Trips out into the solar system would become dramatically more affordable as the primary cost constraint would be propellant. Musk said Starship would conduct its first test flight in as little as a month with plans to make orbit in half a year. If you haven't seen the rocket's Raptor engine in action, well, you're in for a treat.
Now for some rocket-related space trivia – NASA/JPL strapped a Star 48B solid rocket motor to this Venus orbiter named after a famous Portuguese explorer. Scroll down to the end for the answer. See you in a fortnight!
Avg. Weekly Earnings, Manufacturing Workers - August 2019
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Today’s roundup was written by Lawren Henderson with contributions from Kim Taylor and Justin Parker in Los Angeles.
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Oct 10: South Bay Tech & Aerospace Happy Hour
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This happy hour is for all the engineers, scientists, and researchers in the South Bay. Come get to know the aerospace and tech community in your neighborhood. Don't forget to bring along your co-workers and business cards. Info
Oct 12: The Very Special Innovation Fair
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