Spaceflight Archive
01 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The United Kingdom could have a spaceport by 2018. Pending a regulatory report to be published this July and a technical feasibility study that is underway with the country's National Space Technology Programme (NSTP), a spaceport is possible.
31 May 2014, 10:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
31 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2014.
31 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Red tape and a moderate earthquake did not deter a private group from meeting its goal of making contact with a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft that has been slumbering in deep space since 1997.
30 May 2014, 12:41 PM ET
Little Joe's launch vehicle was launched for the first time on Oct. 4, 1959.
30 May 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In an event worthy of a Hollywood premiere, billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled – quite literally – his new manned Dragon Version 2 spacecraft Thursday night (May 29).
30 May 2014, 08:30 AM ET
Unveiling his company's new Dragon V2 SpaceX founder Elon Musk claims his space taxi may achieve human access to space for under $10 million per seat.The company has been launching unmanned Dragon Version 1 capsules to the space station since 2012.
30 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Virgin Galactic, the private space venture bankrolled by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that spells out how the company will use U.S. airspace during its planned suborbital flights.
30 May 2014, 01:21 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule to the world tonight (May 29) for the first time.
29 May 2014, 10:59 PM ET
Elon Musk unveiled the private space company's new spacecraft on May 29th, 2014.
29 May 2014, 09:20 PM ET
SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule May 29, 2014 during an invite-only event at the spaceflight company's Hawthorne, California campus.
29 May 2014, 06:10 PM ET
See photos of Dragon, Grasshopper and other SpaceX rockets taken since the company was founded in 2002.
29 May 2014, 04:43 PM ET
The anticipation just got higher for the big unveiling tonight (May 29) of the first-ever manned Dragon spaceship by the private spaceflight company SpaceX, with two new photos offering tantalizing glimpses inside the spacecraft.
29 May 2014, 11:45 AM ET
NASA astronauts are taking over New York City this week for the World Science Festival. Space agency scientists and engineers are giving presentations around New York from now until Sunday (June 1) on a variety of topics.
29 May 2014, 10:00 AM ET
A company making high-altitude balloons for rides to the edge of space wants a new logo, and it's asking the public for help. The Tucson-based group World View announced that it's seeking an emblem to represent its future passengers, or "Voyagers."
29 May 2014, 09:47 AM ET
The private space company tested the Dragon spacecraft's launch escape system thruster, that will also enable pinpoint propulsive landing on Earth or another planet.
29 May 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. completed qualification tests of the SuperDraco thruster that will power the launch abort system on the crewed version of the Dragon space capsule the company is developing with financial aid from NASA.
29 May 2014, 06:11 AM ET
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will unveil the first manned Dragon spacecraft Thursday night (May 29) at 7 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. EDT (0200 May 30) in a live event at the company's Hawthorne, California rocket factory. Here's how to watch it live.
28 May 2014, 04:15 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz rocket launched three new crewmembers on an express trip to the International Space Station.
28 May 2014, 04:13 PM ET
Three crew members of Expedition 40/41 launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft on May 28, 2014, for a four-hour ride to the International Space Station.
28 May 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Expedition 40's Reid Wiseman of NASA, Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency launched to the International Space Station on May 28th, 2014.
28 May 2014, 02:41 PM ET
A Japanese satellite equipped with a sharp-eyed synthetic aperture radar launched Saturday on a mission to map the globe every two weeks.
28 May 2014, 02:02 PM ET
When Google took credit for a 2012 UFO sighting, the image it offered bore little resemblance to photos at hand. That's because the balloon was a prototype, and one that had gone rogue, says a Google team leader.
28 May 2014, 12:00 PM ET
A Russian-Ukrainian Sea Launch-3SL rocket on May 26 successfully placed the Eutelsat 3B commercial telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.
28 May 2014, 11:54 AM ET
Jerrie Cobb, who was part of the FLATs program, poses next to the Mercury space capsule.
28 May 2014, 11:12 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. has delayed the launch of its second robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station to fully investigate a malfunction that caused the failure of a rocket engine on a launch pad.
28 May 2014, 08:21 AM ET
A new project — called the Moonhouse — asks space fans around the world to contribute money to a crowdfunding effort that could put an art installation on the moon by 2015.
28 May 2014, 07:21 AM ET
Three new crewmembers are set to launch on a quick trip to the International Space Station, and you can watch them blastoff live online today (May 28).
27 May 2014, 04:07 PM ET
NASA's giant new rocket, the Space Launch System, and its Orion space capsule are making progress toward two key test flights in the upcoming years. See how far along NASA's new rocket and spacecraft are, and what's next for the U.S. space vehicles.
27 May 2014, 06:50 AM ET
The future of manned space exporation is bright, according to a former astronaut and a NASA engineer. Humans may one day tread across some of the alien worlds that today can be studied only at a distance.
27 May 2014, 06:46 AM ET
Several upcoming missions will harness the subtle push of sunlight, using gossamer 'solar sails' to cruise through the heavens like boats through the sea. Such propellant-free propulsion could help humanity explore the solar system and beyond.
26 May 2014, 10:54 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?