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Private Spaceflight Archive
18 September 2013, 03:54 PM ET
The mighty roar of a commercial rocket launching a brand-new private cargo ship on a stunning debut test flight from Virginia's Eastern shore today (Sept. 18) has NASA overjoyed and the spaceship's builder beaming with pride.
18 September 2013, 11:12 AM ET
An Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket carrying the re-supply spacecraft launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, 2013. This marks the second private company to launch a spacecraft to the International Space Station.
18 September 2013, 11:03 AM ET
An untested commercial spacecraft blasted off on its first trek to the International Space Station today, kicking off a major test flight for its Virginia-based builders and NASA. The unmanned Cygnus vehicle lifted off atop an Antares rocket.
18 September 2013, 12:00 AM ET
A new commercial spaceship, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus vehicle, is poised to launch on a critical test flight to the International Space Station from Virginia's Eastern Shore today (Sept. 18). The Cygnus spacecraft launches atop an Antares rocket.
17 September 2013, 03:52 PM ET
A new commercial spacecraft built to haul cargo to the International Space Station will launch into space from Virginia's Eastern Shore Wednesday, and it just might be visible from a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast. Here's how to see it.
17 September 2013, 12:36 PM ET
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, nestled on a quaint stretch of Virginia's rural coastline, has an active autumn launch schedule this year, one sign a nearly $150 million investment by state and federal governments is starting to pay off.
17 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Anomalies discovered during a Sept. 12 hot-fire test, coupled with upcoming missile tests at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, have delayed the inaugural launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to the end of September, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday
17 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
An unmanned private space capsule is about to launch atop a rocket from Virginia on a trip to the International Space Station. SPACE.com compiled this handy cheat sheet to help you keep SpaceX's Dragon and Orbital Sciences' Cygnus straight.
16 September 2013, 06:59 PM ET
In an old World War II-hangar in blistering hot Mojave, Calif., a passionate group of young aerospace engineers is building the private spaceship called Lynx, which is the main competitor of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
16 September 2013, 05:03 PM ET
The Cygnus spacecraft, which is built by aerospace firm Orbital Sciences, passed its launch readiness review and is now set to lift off Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, officials announced Monday (Sept. 16).
15 September 2013, 10:16 AM ET
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14 September 2013, 02:09 PM ET
From a stunning solar prominence to an aurora over finland, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
14 September 2013, 12:44 PM ET
A commercial Antares rocket rolled out to its Virginia coast launch pad Friday carrying a brand-new Cygnus supply ship poised to make its debut test flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday.
14 September 2013, 10:32 AM ET
From a photobombing frog to a baseball-size meteor, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Sept. 14, 2013.
11 September 2013, 06:29 PM ET
SpaceX took a moment from preparing for its first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California to fly an American flag from its launch tower to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. "Today, we look onward and upward, but #neverforget."
11 September 2013, 03:42 PM ET
A group that's looking for the first Red Planet colonists received applications from more than 200,000 prospective astronauts vying for a spot on a one-way trip to Mars.
11 September 2013, 07:42 AM ET
Virgin Galactic looks poised to begin launching paying passengers into space by 2014, but the private spaceship company is going needs more folks with the "right stuff. Enter, the Virgin Galactic Career Fair.
10 September 2013, 05:15 PM ET
Private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic held a career day event on Sept. 7, 2013, at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.
10 September 2013, 01:24 PM ET
At the Explorers Club, two of the world's first space tourists traded stories about their astronaut toilet training with the Russians, or lack of it. See how private space travelers Richard Garriott and Dennis Tito compared notes.
10 September 2013, 10:36 AM ET
In a new, video released Sunday (Sept. 8) by the private spaceflight company SpaceX, a herd of cows can be seen running for the hills, seemingly in fear of the firm's Grasshopper rocket taking off and landing in the background.
10 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket from a newly refurbished pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Sept. 14) in a mission that will also attempt to recover the rocket's first stage.
09 September 2013, 12:36 PM ET
In this fixed camera view, SpaceX's Grasshopper makes a lateral movement of 300 feet before returning to its launchpad, but not before startling a nearby herd of cows.
08 September 2013, 03:07 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 September 2013, 01:34 PM ET
From a spectacular reader photos of the LADEE launch to a dazzling fireball, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Sept. 8, 2013.
06 September 2013, 05:01 PM ET
Serial innovator Elon Musk is living up to his reputation as a real-life Tony Stark. In a new video, Musk shows off the excessively cool "Iron Man"-like tech that is quite literally at his fingertips inside the rocket-making labs of his company SpaceX.
06 September 2013, 10:16 AM ET
Watch billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk pull a Tony Stark as he reveals the future of rocket design, an interactive ‘Iron Man’-like computer interface that uses gestures.
06 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Virgin Galactic's private spaceship flew higher and faster than it ever had before on Thursday (Sept. 5), giving company officials confidence that the vehicle is on track to start carrying passengers on suborbital jaunts next year.
05 September 2013, 07:45 PM ET
When a first-of-its-kind cargo spacecraft lifts off for the International Space Station, it will fly under the name of the late astronaut who helped make the commercial flight possible.
05 September 2013, 03:11 PM ET
See photos of Virgin Galactic's second rocket-powered test flight over the Mojave Air and Space Port on Sept. 5, 2013. The test flight marked the highest yet and included a test of the craft's novel feathering system.
05 September 2013, 01:27 PM ET
The space tourism company Virgin Galactic performed the second rocket-powered flight test of its SpaceShipTwo passenger spacecraft Thursday (Sept. 5), marking a major milestone for the spaceflight company. See how the flight went.
03 September 2013, 06:42 AM ET
Tens of thousands of people are prepared to leave their families, jobs and lives behind for a one-way trip to Mars. But what sort of person would go?
01 September 2013, 08:56 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?