2 May 2018

Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.

Here’s our round-up for April:

Second SpaceShipTwo performs first powered test flight

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle successfully performed its first powered flight April 5, the first such test flight since a fatal crash nearly three and a half years ago. Read more here.

NASA may extend space station missions to address potential commercial crew delays

NASA is in discussions with its Russian counterparts about extending some upcoming space station missions as a way to buy more time for development of commercial crew vehicles. Read more here.

Lead image: NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot said April 12 that extending durations of crews on the International Space Station could help deal with any future delays in the development of commercial crew vehicles. Credit: NASA

Elon Musk shows off a new tooling for the BFR spaceship

“Hop” tests of the rocket’s spaceship could begin later this year, or in 2019. Read more at Ars Technica.

SpaceX main body tool for the BFR interplanetary spaceship

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10 core principles for starting up

There is an infinite amount of advice for startups, but boiling it down to just 10 essentials, these are the most crucial principles for starting up that every founder needs to understand from an early stage. (via Intercom)

Earth observation challenge

DigitalGlobe and the European Space Agency have teamed up to launch the Earth Observation Challenge. Register at: