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Long Beach's Future in Space:
A Continuing Series

Overview of LB Space Related Firms & Archived Coverage



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LBREPORT.com has previously noted: "[Long Beach's] growth in space ventures is organic, privately pursued with pioneering firms competing for what proponents view as a potentially lucrative market."

Archived stories are below, followed by overview of LB space-related firms is below at this jump link.


Previous coverage
Long Beach Firm "Relativity" -- That Aims To Create World's First Printed Launch Vehicle -- Awarded Defense Dept. Contract

Another Mission Duty Cycle test in the books! This time, we completed the test with our new copper engine, which has...

Posted by Relativity on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

LB's Future in Space: Long Beach headquartered Rocket Lab launched (Mar. 22) from its New Zealand site and successfully deployed seven satellites. For latest see their Twitter feed here.
From Rocket Lab:

We've officially completed and buckle-tested the Stage 1 Iron Bird tank demonstrator model! Check out these shots of the...

Posted by Relativity on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

After more than three years of delivering reliable access to orbit, Rocket Lab is planning to go public on the Nasdaq. Space is open for business. http://rocketlabusa.com/investors

Posted by Rocket Lab on Monday, March 1, 2021

Long Beach Based Virgin Orbit Puts Its Plane-Launched Rocket Payload Into Orbit

Screen save from Virgin Orbit Twitter video
Two LB-Based Firms Ready Space Launches In Coming Days (Virgin Orbit and Rocket Lab)
Elon Musk Sends His Congratulations As Long Beach HQ'd Firm -- Rocket Lab -- Details Its Success In Simultaneously Orbiting Thirty Satellites AND Using Parachute System To Recover Its First Stage Launch Rocket
Long Beach HQ'd Firm -- Rocket Lab -- Successfully Orbits Thirty Satellites In Single Launch AND Recovers Its Launch Rocket

Meet Photon Pathstone, the stepping stone to our lunar mission for NASA - National Aeronautics and Space...

Posted by Rocket Lab on Monday, February 22, 2021

Long Beach's Future In Space: Various Scientists and Entrepreneurs Are Pursuing It Now

Introducing our next mission launching in March from Launch Complex 1.#TheyGoUpSoFast will be Rocket Lab’s 19th.

Posted by Rocket Lab on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Initial Photos: Zero G Fliers From LB Airport Float In Weightless Wonder, LBREPORT.com Publisher Pearl Describes Experience As "Ethereal, Other-Worldly, Gentle Physically But Intense For One's Senses" (As Earthly Moves Put His Feet On Ceiling)


Zero G Plane Producing Passenger Glee Also Quietly Enabled Scientists To Pursue These Space Exploration/Travel Advances

Experimental data being collected while Jason Marshall (left) and Jose Andrade (center) watch during a zero gravity parabola. Text and image source: Zero G
How Zero G Weightless Plane Flight Helped Pioneer Manufacturing Human Organs In Space .



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Overview of Long Beach Space Related Firms

RocketLab:.3881 McGowen St.) launches multiple satellites using its Electron rockets. In November 2020, Rocket Lab successfully recovered the rocket's first stage "using a parachute system for a controlled water landing before collection by a recovery vessel" and plans to use the system to refurbish and relaunch its rockets. In March 2021, it announced plans to build ager rocket and to go public on NASDAQ.


Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit (based at 4022 Conant St.) puts satellites into orbit using a plane-launched system In January 2021, it successfully used this system to put ten satellites into orbit.


Relativity (3500 E. Burnett; website text: "Relativity is building the first autonomous rocket factory and launch services for satellite constellations...We are building the world’s first entirely 3D printed rocket, Terran 1. Terran 1 has 100x lower part count than traditional rockets, a radically simple supply chain, and will be built from raw material to flight in less than 60 days with unparalleled iteration speed."

Spin Launch (4350 E Conant St, Long Beach, CA 90808) (developing mass accelerator technology to send payloads into space.)

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