Private Spaceflight Archive
19 November 2014, 10:49 AM ET
The newly announced Lunar Mission One plans to drill at least 65 feet underground at the moon's south pole in 2024, collecting samples that should shed light on the early days of the Earth and moon.
14 November 2014, 08:03 AM ET
The European Space Agency will webcast a comet landing Google Hangout on Friday, Nov. 14, to discuss its epic Rosetta/Philae comet landing. Watch it live here on Space.com, beginning at 8 a.m. (1300 GMT).
12 November 2014, 02:44 PM ET
Investigators have talked to the pilot who survived the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last month, and say that he didn't know that his copilot unlocked the space plane's re-entry system early.
06 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Friday's tragic accident will delay Virgin Galactic's progress and may also result in more governmental oversight of the company and others that seek to launch paying customers to space, experts say. But space tourism itself should survive.
05 November 2014, 01:53 PM ET
The investigation into the explosion of a private rocket last week is eyeing the launch vehicle's first-stage engines, which were made in the Soviet Union at the height of the space race.
04 November 2014, 10:35 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences has put together an investigation team to do a deep dive into what went wrong when the firm's Antares rocket exploded shortly after launch on Oct. 28.
04 November 2014, 02:04 AM ET
Investigators have formed a new working group to take a close look at the pilot interface systems on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and released a detailed new timeline of the vehicle's tragic accident.
03 November 2014, 11:53 PM ET
Tragically, the experimental spaceplane SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert during a test flight on Friday, killing one pilot and injuring another.
03 November 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The friends and co-workers of the co-pilot who died in Virgin Galactic's tragic SpaceShipTwo accident Friday (Oct. 31) have raised more than $55,000 for his family via crowdfunding.
03 November 2014, 06:00 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's fatal accident doesn't spell doom for space tourism, though Virgin Galactic will likely have to answer key safety questions in the months and years ahead.
03 November 2014, 01:53 AM ET
On Oct. 31, 2014, the space tourism company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious accident during a SpaceShipTwo test flight, resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. One pilot died in the crash, while another suffered injuries. See our full coverage.
03 November 2014, 01:18 AM ET
See images released after the crash of Virgin Galactic's space plane SpaceShipTwo. The accident, which took place on Oct. 31, 2014, left one pilot dead and the other seriously injured.
03 November 2014, 01:15 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's twin rudders can be rotated up to increase drag when the vehicle heads back down toward Earth. On Friday's flight, this maneuver should have been performed when the vehicle was traveling at Mach 1.4, but it actually occurred at Mach 1.0.
02 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
From its first crewed flight in 2010, through its last successful flight last October, major milestones for SpaceShipTwo.
02 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
People who purchase their "Interstellar" tickets through the online site Fandango from today (Oct. 31) through Dec. 1 have a chance to win a free suborbital spaceflight aboard XCOR Aerospace's Lynx Mark II rocket plane.
01 November 2014, 11:20 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke apart in midair before crashing to the ground during a test flight Friday (Oct. 31), investigators have determined.
01 November 2014, 09:08 PM ET
The two Scaled Composites test pilots aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during its tragic crash on Oct. 31 have been named. SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Ashbury died in the crash, while Scaled Director of Flight Operations Peter Seibold survived.
01 November 2014, 08:27 AM ET
The tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane on Friday, Oct. 31, has the commercial spaceflight industry in mourning for the test pilot who died, and praying for the recovery of a second pilot who was injured. See reactions from experts.
01 November 2014, 07:24 AM ET
Learn more about Virgin Galactic's plan to make space tourism and personal space travel a reality with SpaceShipTwo.
01 November 2014, 06:54 AM ET
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said the company will figure out what went wrong and continue to work to get SpaceShipTwo up and running.
01 November 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in October 2014.
31 October 2014, 06:58 PM ET
Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket exploded on Tuesday just after launching on an unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station. Then, on Friday, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight, killing one pilot.
31 October 2014, 06:36 PM ET
The commercial SpaceShipTwo spacecraft built by Virgin Galactic crashed in Mojave, California Friday (Oct. 31) during a failed test flight that killed one pilot and injured another. See the latest news here.
31 October 2014, 03:06 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft, experienced an 'anomaly' during its fourth rocket-powered test flight on Friday, Oct. 31. See the latest details here.
31 October 2014, 01:20 PM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. is starting to piece together the timeline of events leading up to the explosion of its Antares rocket just after launch on Tuesday evening (Oct. 28).
30 October 2014, 11:36 AM ET
NASA and the private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. have started surveying the damage left behind after a rocket explosion on Tuesday evening (Oct. 28).
30 October 2014, 07:12 AM ET
When a private Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences exploded during launch on Oct. 28, spectators around the launch site, and even in the air, caught the sight on video. See their amazing, and sometimes scary, views here.
30 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Antares' first stage uses two AJ26 engines, which are refurbished variants of the NK-33 built by the Soviet Union for its ill-fated N-1 moon rocket during the height of the space race.
29 October 2014, 11:18 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station watched as a private rocket carrying supplies for the orbiting outpost exploded just after launch.
29 October 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planetary Resources' Arkyd 3 technology demonstator was aboard the Cygnus cargo craft destroyed by Tuesday's rocket explosion.
29 October 2014, 04:44 PM ET
When a private rocket exploded just after launch Tuesday (Oct. 28), science experiments developed by students, professional researchers and private companies went up in smoke.
29 October 2014, 03:37 PM ET
What caused Orbital Sciences’ private Antares rocket to explode on Oct. 28, 2014? Here’s our complete coverage of NASA’s investigation and findings.
29 October 2014, 11:15 AM ET
On Oct. 28, 2014, an Orbital Sciences-built Antares rocket exploded during liftoff during a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. See photos from the stunning rocket launch failure here.
29 October 2014, 10:10 AM ET
An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship successfully docked to the International Space Station this morning (Oct. 29), only a day after a private rocket in the United States exploded after attempting to launch on another resupply run to the orbiting outpost.
29 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The rocket exploded in a massive fireball just seconds after blasting off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening, scattering debris over a wide area. This debris should not be touched, NASA officials said.