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  • Boeing’s success or failure launch
  • New funding for SpaceX
  • News from Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab, and more

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Boeing successfully launched the Starliner capsule on Thursday, nearly two and a half years after its first failed flight test, and docked at the International Space Station on Friday night. This is a major achievement for the company’s astronaut transportation program, which has so far been plagued with setbacks and technical challenges.

Simply put, it was a dangerous mission. The closest analogue of Starliner is SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, and in fact both were developed under a NASA program called Commercial Crew Transport Capability (CCtCap). This agency (taxpayers) has given SpaceX and Boeing billions of dollars to develop a capsule that can take astronauts to and from the ISS.

Boeing has been awarded a total of $4.82 billion for its commercial crew transport system, and so far has not completed a single successful mission with that money. This contrasts with SpaceX, which has already started shipping astronauts to and from the ISS in Crew Dragon capsules. SpaceX’s technology was so successful that NASA extended SpaceX’s contract to include three more manned missions at a cost of $900 million.

But with this successful mission, Boeing appears to be back on track to become another astronaut carrier. The Starliner, which flew on Thursday, had no crew as it was just a test flight and will spend 5-10 days docked on the ISS before returning to Earth.

Watch Starliner’s docking below.

According to sources, SpaceX is being financed with a value of $127 billion.

Big news that caught my eye this week: SpaceX is raising a whopping $1.725 billion in funding, with a stock price of $70. CNBC report. This is a 25% increase from the previous share bid of $56 per share. According to sources, the company is valued at $127 billion in this round, making it the most valuable startup in the United States.

In a separate report, New York Post Additionally, Elon Musk himself cited unnamed sources of potential stock sales, including sharing the sale. The Post suggested that the stock could be sold to help billionaires buy Twitter for $44 billion.

The last time SpaceX raised funds was in December, when the space company raised more than $337 million, worth about $100 billion.

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photo this week

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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted this photo taken from the International Space Station. The little dot near the center of the frame is the Starliner! she posted some pretty Epic sequelDegree. Image Credits: Samantha Cristoforetti (Opens in a new window)

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