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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), is seen inside the capsule on a screen during the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), is seen inside the capsule on a screen during the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

SpaceX Increases Lobbying as It Shoots for the Stars

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., trying to break into the $67.6 billion market for large military and spy satellite launches, boosted its lobbying expenses by 30 percent during the first half of 2014 over a year ago, new Senate...

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A faring, part of the Antares rocket, is rotated with the help of an Orbital Sciences Corp. employee inside the Orbital horizontal integration facility (HIF) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Space Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

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A faring, part of the Antares rocket, is rotated with the help of an Orbital Sciences Corp. employee inside the Orbital horizontal integration facility (HIF) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Space Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

Shelby: Protecting Taxpayer, Not Boeing

Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama says he’s trying to help U.S. taxpayers, not Boeing Co., by requiring companies competing to send astronauts to the International Space Station to file detailed financial and accounting reports justifying their costs. “NASA and its contractors have a...

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), left, sits with guests inside the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), left, sits with guests inside the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

Elon Musk, SpaceX Aim at Final Frontier

In the pilot episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Captain Jean-Luc Picard turns to his adversary, Q, and says, “The unknown is what brings us out here.” Gwynne Shotwell, president of Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., feels the same...

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

Elon Musk Shaking Up D.C. — Like Auto and Space Races

Billionaire Elon Musk doesn’t do anything quietly. His Space Exploration Technologies Corp. won a battle with Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos to lease a historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad, was the first private U.S. company to dock a spacecraft at the...

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Inc. known as SpaceX, during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Inc. known as SpaceX, during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Tesla’s Musk: Building a Better Astronaut ‘Trampoline?’

Threatened retaliation is the stuff of cold wars. In the international debate over sanctions against Russia — with the Obama administration more eager than European leaders to ratchet up the pressure — the interdependence of those nations formerly known as...

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Is the job market taking off, or are there still problems on the pad?

Photograph by Chris Thompson/SpaceX via Bloomberg

Is the job market taking off, or are there still problems on the pad?

SpaceX Lobbying Going Where Others Have Gone Before

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which hired two new lobbying firms last month, reported a 15 percent increase in expenditures during the first three months of 2014 compared with the same period a year ago. SpaceX reported spending $310,000 to lobby...

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

Photographer: Chris Thompson/SpaceX via Bloomberg

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

Musk Hires More Lobbyists Seeking Satellite Launches

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which spent $1.1 million trying to influence the federal government last year, hired two additional lobbying firms this month, Senate records show. The new lobbyists include two former congressional aides and a former Defense Department official. ...

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), left, arrives to testify at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

Photograph by Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), left, arrives to testify at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

Elon Musk Sets Sights on Mars

The Red Planet is in Elon Musk’s sights. “After Apollo, we were supposed to go to Mars? What happened,” asked Musk, the Tesla Motors chief executive officer and chairman of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Musk spoke in an interview after...

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, speaks to members of the media while arriving for a closed door meeting at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2013.

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, speaks to members of the media while arriving for a closed door meeting at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2013.

Baucus Leads Ambassadors Through Montana

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus just led some of the most prominent foreign diplomats in the U.S. to Big Sky Country. Ambassadors from Canada, China, Germany, Japan and Peru joined the Democratic lawmaker on a four-day ramble through his...

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 18, 2012.

Photograph by Chris Thompson/SpaceX via Bloomberg

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 18, 2012.

Musk’s Toe in Launch Market Draws Lockheed Jab

The CEOs of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. are trading jabs over the upstart competitor’s push into the $70 billion military launch market. A Lockheed-Boeing Co. joint venture has had a lock on the work for six...

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