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A Vector rocketing lifting off, posted by the company in March.

Vector Launch, a Tucson-based small rocket company, dropped CEO Jim Cantrell on Friday, locking the doors of its three offices around the country and cited financial issues in "undertaking a pause in operations." Read more» 1

AZLoop team members pose with the pod for a group photo during the final round of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition on the SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, California.

Dozens of students from several Arizona universities spent the weekend in Hawthorne, California, competing at the SpaceX headquarters to build a high-speed transportation pod. Read more»

A fledgling rocket company based in Tucson announced a major boost as it plans to build out a factory here — a $60 million contract to conduct a series of satellite launches beginning in 2019. Vector Space Systems said last week it plans to hire 200 employees as it constructs a facility near TIA. Read more»

Vector's prototype, near the company's temporary headquarters near Downtown.

Vector Space Systems, a young Tucson company that plans to put small payloads into orbit by launching hundreds of small rockets each year, will build a manufacturing plant at Pima County's tech park, near World View. The company plans to hire 200 high-paid employee as they build its 40-foot-tall rockets. Read more»

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-41 with a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on June 20.

The top house intelligence committee lawmakers say the Air Force is about to spend too much on one of its favorite contractors. Read more»

Jennifer White, a public relations liaison for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, looks over a map of Boca Chica Beach in South Texas. The map shows the protected area’s privately owned parcels; one could become a SpaceX launchpad site.

Home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Texas is no stranger to the field of space exploration. But now the state could become a hub for a new space economy — one based in the private sector. Some environmentalists are concerned. Read more»

A crane lifts SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft on to a barge after the vehicle orbited Earth twice in December 2010.

A proposed launch pad site in Texas has raised concerns among environmentalists and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service over the potential impact on endangered wildlife. Read more»