Private Spaceflight Archive
22 July 2014, 04:28 PM ET
The video, which SpaceX released today (July 22), shows a Falcon 9 first stage returning to Earth in a controlled fashion after helping launch six commercial satellites on July 14 for the firm Orbcomm.
21 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." That sentence, uttered by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong from the surface of the moon 45 years ago, signaled the dawn of a new age.
21 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
What does the future of moon exploration look like? Will it be lunar colonies and manned moon bases, or a desolate lunar surface devoid of human life? National and private efforts hold the key.
20 July 2014, 09:01 AM ET
Space.com was founded on July 20, 1999 on the 30th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing. Here, managing editor Tariq Malik recounts the last 15 years of Space.com, and the wonder of it all.
20 July 2014, 12:57 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
19 July 2014, 12:31 PM ET
From a cosmic rubber ducky to an experimental space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 19, 2014.
16 July 2014, 11:30 AM ET
A commercial Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corporation arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, July 16, to deliver 1.5 tons of supplies for astronauts aboard.
15 July 2014, 07:34 PM ET
A commercial delivery ship packed with astronaut food and supplies is expected to arrive at the International Space Station tomorrow morning (July 16). You can watch the docking live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
15 July 2014, 06:16 PM ET
On June 18, Arizona-based World View launched a scaled-down version of its balloon system to an altitude of nearly 23 miles. The unmanned flight featured spectacular views of Earth from the stratosphere, as the new World View video reveals.
15 July 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The U.S. military is developing the XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane to launch space missions faster and cheaper than ever before. See photos and images of the DARPA-led XS-1 space plane project in this Space.com gallery.
15 July 2014, 09:30 AM ET
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.
14 July 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) on Monday (July 14), carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM.
14 July 2014, 11:34 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered 6 satellites in ORBCOMM's OG2 constellation to low-Earth orbit on July 14, 2014.
14 July 2014, 07:10 AM ET
Astronaut Janice Voss never flew to the International Space Station, but her name is making the trip on a commercial ship christened in her memory. Orbital Sciences launched the SS Janice Voss from a pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
13 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Packed with astronaut food, science experiments and a flock of tiny satellites, a private spaceship made by Orbital Sciences Corp. launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore today (July 13) on a mission to the International Space Station.
13 July 2014, 01:12 PM ET
See amazing photos from Orbital Sciences' July 2014 launch of its second commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA using its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft.
13 July 2014, 06:30 AM ET
A robotic spacecraft built by the private company Orbital Sciences is set to launch from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Sunday (July 13) on a mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the astronauts living aboard International Space Station.
13 July 2014, 06:07 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
11 July 2014, 09:41 PM ET
From flaming rocket debris to a typhoon's eye, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 11, 2014.
11 July 2014, 10:58 AM ET
With storm clouds still lingering over the foggy Eastern Shore of Virginia today (July 11), the private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. again postponed the launch of its second unmanned mission to the International Space Station.
10 July 2014, 10:11 AM ET
Efforts to redirect a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft are in flux as controllers fear the spacecraft may have run out of fuel while performing maneuvers on Tuesday (July 9).
09 July 2014, 07:31 AM ET
Orbital Sciences' unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to blast off atop an Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 1:14 p.m. EDT on Saturday. You can watch the liftoff live here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
06 July 2014, 12:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 July 2014, 12:16 AM ET
From a stellar womb to a cosmic cannibal, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 5, 2014.
04 July 2014, 10:57 PM ET
From the half-lit moon and mars to Jupiter's farewell, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
03 July 2014, 02:58 PM ET
An old NASA spacecraft under the control of a private team fired its thrusters yesterday (July 2) for the first time in a generation. The ISEE-3 probe performed the maneuver to prep for a larger trajectory correction next week.
01 July 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2014.
30 June 2014, 04:27 PM ET
The nonprofit organization that has raised eyebrows with its plans to send people on a one-way mission to Mars is now accepting proposals for scientific payloads that could fly aboard an unmanned mission to the Red Planet in 2018.
29 June 2014, 11:14 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
28 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
From the true size of sun's atmosphere to a trio of huge black holes, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 28, 2014.
26 June 2014, 03:40 PM ET
A student-led mission aims to send a time capsule to the Red Planet, using a new, more compact kind of propulsion system.
26 June 2014, 07:30 AM ET
A 36-year-old spacecraft controlled by a private team “almost” performed an engine firing yesterday (June 25) to increase its roll, but it was called off after concerns the spacecraft did not receive all commands.
24 June 2014, 11:44 AM ET
World View, an Arizona-based private spaceflight company that wants to take adventurers to the stratosphere using high-altitude balloons, announced that it has successfully completed a test of its scaled-down flight system.
24 June 2014, 09:54 AM ET
Private company World View is building capsules that are transported by parafoil and high-altitude balloons to 120,000 feet, to give passengers a breath-taking view of Earth. A scaled version of the capsule was lofted to that altitude.
24 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A student-led private mission to Mars wants to send you to the Red Planet — for just 99 cents. Time Capsule to Mars is now offering the opportunity to upload a photo to fly on its trio of 4-inch-wide Mars probes for less than a dollar.
23 June 2014, 02:21 PM ET
SpaceX needs more time to work through an issue identified during pre-flight checks on Sunday (June 22), delaying the launch of six spacecraft for satellite-communications provider ORBCOMM until the first week of July.