Private Spaceflight Archive
25 November 2015, 07:41 AM ET
Following the successful landing of a reusable-rocket booster, Jeff Bezos, CEO of the private commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin, told reporters, "We are on the verge of a golden age of space exploration."
24 November 2015, 05:54 PM ET
SpaceX founder Elon Musk congratulated Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin for landing a rocket from space Monday (Nov. 23) — but also stressed that the flight test did not exactly make history.
24 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Blue Origin, the private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a reusable suborbital rocket. See the video and images here.
24 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, wants to launch people into space on its suborbital New Shepard spacecraft. Would you buy a ticket if you could?
24 November 2015, 08:48 AM ET
The New Shepard is truly a reusable space vehicle after flying to 329,839 feet and landing within a few feet of the target, through 119 mph crosswinds. The launch and landing occurred on Nov. 23rd, 2015 in West Texas.
24 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing beverage cups that let them literally wake up and smell the coffee.
23 November 2015, 04:47 PM ET
The California-based private spaceflight company has secured its first astronaut-taxi order under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, agency officials announced Friday (Nov. 20).
23 November 2015, 09:48 AM ET
See tantalizing spaceship photos from the secretive commercial space company Blue Origins.
20 November 2015, 02:49 PM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched rockets, spaceships and electric cars, and after his stint on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" last night, he can add TV sitcom to his epic list of achievements.
19 November 2015, 12:16 PM ET
Engineers at Virgin Galactic’s production facility explain the rigorous tests they have to run to get their new SpaceShipTwo up to spec for flight.
18 November 2015, 03:14 PM ET
If NASA is to push human space exploration to new destinations, they'll need the help of commercial companies — especially in low-Earth orbit — according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
18 November 2015, 12:36 PM ET
Deke Slayton waited 16 years to fly in space after he was selected as one of the original Mercury astronauts in 1959. When he finally did get to fly, Slayton advised, "Decide what you want to do, and then never give up until you've done it."
18 November 2015, 09:28 AM ET
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the compromise version of a commercial space bill Nov. 16, after a final debate about some parts of the bill.
17 November 2015, 05:00 PM ET
As NASA provides more details about its long-term plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, the agency’s administrator warned that any attempt by the next administration to deviate from that plan would be disastrous.
17 November 2015, 02:10 PM ET
Blue Origin expects to start launching commercial payloads on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle by the middle of next year, hoping to reinvigorate interest in flying experiments on such vehicles.
16 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The first annual Spacecom meeting, which is being held in Houston this week, aims to help Earth-based industries take advantage of space technologies and new business opportunities in space.
15 November 2015, 03:07 PM ET
Pulsars, dwarf planets and alien worlds break records, a strange space object falls from the sky and Pluto's moons get weird — this is's top stories of the week.
14 November 2015, 11:32 PM ET
From a gorgeous photo of the Milky Way to a spectacular sunrise taken from the ISS, don't miss these amazing space images.
12 November 2015, 10:45 AM ET
Tests continue for the private space company's Dragon spacecraft's launch escape system and rocket. The company suffered a setback in June 2015 when its Falcon 9 rocket exploded during flight.
11 November 2015, 01:30 PM ET
The Senate passed Nov. 10 the final version of a commercial launch bill that also provides limited property rights for resources extracted from asteroids.
10 November 2015, 03:19 PM ET
Moonspike, a European venture to send a small spacecraft to the moon is reconsidering its plans after an online fundraising effort fell fall short of its goal.
09 November 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Kelly Latimer, the first female research test pilot ever to join NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, has joined Virgin Galactic as the spaceflight company's newest pilot.
08 November 2015, 12:47 PM ET
From super-close views of the Saturn moon Enceladus' south pole to spectacular, newly released images of the October 2014 Antares rocket explosion, don't miss these amazing space images.
06 November 2015, 02:15 PM ET
Human beings will always be explorers and we've already taken baby steps out into the solar system.
05 November 2015, 10:12 AM ET
05 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
NASA has now posted new photos of the ill-fated October 2014 Antares launch on its Flickr page — just a week or so after the agency released the results of its investigation into the failure.
04 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Last month, Israel-based SpaceIL announced it had signed a deal to launch its lander to the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2017.
02 November 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Access to BAE capital and technology will help Reaction Engines Limited accelerate development and testing of a prototype single-stage-to-orbit engine.
02 November 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Look up into the sky this week to see why autumn is the favorite season for many skywatchers: You can get your last look at summer stars and, if you stay up late, your first look at winter stars.
01 November 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in October 2015.
30 October 2015, 07:19 AM ET
One year after the fatal SpaceShipTwo crash, Virgin Galactic is constructing its next passenger vehicle, and working to become a global competitor in the new space frontier.
28 October 2015, 01:54 PM ET
One year after the explosive loss of an Antares rocket, Orbital ATK is getting ready to return to flight, and looking toward the role of the commercial spaceflight industry in low-Earth orbit.
28 October 2015, 07:26 AM ET
World View Enterprises, which aims to loft paying customers to the stratosphere beneath a giant balloon, launched an uncrewed test flight Saturday, sending a 10-percent-scale version of its passenger capsule to an altitude of 100,475 feet.
27 October 2015, 07:59 AM ET
Three serious accidents over the past 12 months have slowed the progress of commercial spaceflight, but the industry is far from grounded.
25 October 2015, 12:42 PM ET
From stunning Earth's horizon as seen from the ISS to a glittering Milky Way, don't miss these amazing space images.
21 October 2015, 11:53 AM ET
Today, the White House is marking “Back to the Future Day” with a series of conversations with innovators across the country.