Private Spaceflight Archive
24 October 2014, 04:30 PM ET
In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
24 October 2014, 03:36 PM ET
On Oct. 24, 2014, skydiver Alan Eustace set a new record for the highest near-space jump from the stratosphere as part of a feat performed with the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team and the Paragon Space Development Corporation. See photos and video.
24 October 2014, 03:12 PM ET
A private spacesuit company and an astronaut-training organization are teaming up to give private astronauts on simulated spacewalks a more spacelike experience.
22 October 2014, 04:40 PM ET
Company executives and government officials at a commercial space conference expressed a mixture of optimism and impatience.
22 October 2014, 02:46 PM ET
From spy satellites and missile defense to robot space planes and orbital platforms, get the latest news and views on military space technology.
21 October 2014, 01:29 PM ET
NASA officials will air a Russian spacewalk live via NASA TV on Wednesday (Oct. 22). You can watch the spacewalk live starting at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).
17 October 2014, 04:27 PM ET
The private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will soon begin a new round of rocket-powered test flights of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo to prepare for eventual passenger flights to space.
16 October 2014, 03:45 PM ET
Sierra Nevada Corp. filed suit in federal court Oct. 15, seeking to overturn a NASA decision to lift a stop-work order on contracts it awarded to Boeing and SpaceX.
16 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft was scheduled to launch on a cargo run to the station on Oct. 24. But that liftoff has been delayed until at least Oct. 27, because Hurricane Gonzalo could affect a tracking station for Cygnus' Antares rocket.
15 October 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Two NASA astronauts working outside the International Space Station raced against the clock during a spacewalk today (Oct. 15).
13 October 2014, 05:46 PM ET
The first meeting of 'The Astronaut Wives Club' — the made-for-TV-version, that is — has convened in New Orleans. Filming has begun on the 10-episode ABC series, which tells the real story of the women who stood beside the United States' first spacemen.
10 October 2014, 01:03 PM ET
NASA announced Oct. 9 that it has lifted an order that halted work on commercial crew contracts awarded last month to Boeing and SpaceX, saying that delaying work during an ongoing contract protest could jeopardize the operation of the ISS.
08 October 2014, 12:00 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo completed an unpowered "glide flight" from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport Tuesday. The vehicle rotated its tail and wings upward during the test, "feathering" them as it would to during the descent phase of a suborbital spaceflight.
06 October 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is expected to head to the orbiting lab inside SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. The BEAM mission will test out expandable-habitat technology, NASA officials have said.
06 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Stratolaunch's huge rocket-launching plane could be launching Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser space plane into orbit a few years from now.
05 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 October 2014, 08:53 AM ET
One decade after a huge milestone in commercial spaceflight, Sir Richard Branson thinks his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic's spaceship, is "on the verge" of another breakthrough in the industry.
04 October 2014, 11:01 AM ET
From a stunning image of the Red Planet from India's first spacecraft to a spectacular new photo showing a cluster of stars, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Oct. 4, 2014.
02 October 2014, 04:05 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo should start flying paying customers into space sometime in 2015, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has said.
02 October 2014, 12:47 PM ET
On Oct. 4, 2004, private test pilot Brian Binnie launched into space at the controls of SpaceShipOne, making commercial spaceflight history. See how Binnie piloted SpaceShipOne to help his team win the $10 million Ansari XPrize.
01 October 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in Septmeber 2014.
30 September 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA's draft picks for its private spacecraft team now have their own rookie cards. The agency debuted 'collectible cards' featuring the Boeing and SpaceX capsules it selected to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.
30 September 2014, 09:13 AM ET
Two days after laying off about 100 employees who had been working on its Dream Chaser vehicle, Sierra Nevada Corp. on Sept. 26 filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office of a commercial crew contract it lost earlier in September.
25 September 2014, 06:09 PM ET
Waypoint 2 Space, a Houston-based company that trains people for commercial spaceflight, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a spacewalk simulator called the Modular EVA Training System (METS).
25 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Astronauts paid a virtual visit to former President Bill Clinton today from the International Space Station, sharing their perspectives on Earth from orbit.
24 September 2014, 05:30 PM ET
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced that his space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, has a new corporate sponsor: Grey Goose.
23 September 2014, 07:10 AM ET
A private Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station this morning (Sept. 23) to deliver more than 5,000 lbs. of astronaut supplies and experiments for NASA.
23 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX officially broke ground today (Sept. 22) on the facility, which will be located near Boca Chica Beach, at the far southern tip of the Lone Star State. The spaceport should be operational by 2016.
21 September 2014, 11:12 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
21 September 2014, 08:51 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's CRS-4 mission launched on September 21st, 2014. The unmanned Dragon capsule is carrying supplies, a 3D printer built by Made In Space and a new X-ray machine that will be used on the mice to measure bone density loss
21 September 2014, 03:40 AM ET
SpaceX plans to launch the fourth Commercial Resupply Services to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sept. 21, 2014.
21 September 2014, 02:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Dragon capsule soared into orbit on a delivery run to the International Space Station with more than 2.5 tons of astronaut supplies, science experiments and other cargo, including 20 mice and the first 3D printer built for space.
20 September 2014, 03:00 AM ET
Thick clouds and rain forced the private spaceflight company SpaceX to postpone the planned launch of an unmanned Dragon cargo ship for NASA on Saturday (Sept. 20). The mission will now launch to the International Space Station on Sunday, Sept. 21.
19 September 2014, 03:24 PM ET
A privately built SpaceX Dragon capsule is counting down to launch a big haul of cargo into space for NASA early Saturday (Sept. 20), and you can watch the liftoff live online. Here's how.
19 September 2014, 12:44 PM ET
The first-ever item to be 3D printed in space is being kept a well-guarded secret. The first 3D printer designed to operate in zero-g is set to launch to the space station to learn if 3D printing is viable in orbit. But what will it print first?
19 September 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Dragon will lift off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 2:16 a.m. EDT Saturday from Florida. Dragon will fly nearly parallel to the U.S. East Coast, so the launch should be visible in varying degrees along much of the Eastern Seaboard.