Private Spaceflight Archive
17 December 2013, 07:06 PM ET
NASA has decided that three spacewalks — one each on Dec. 21, 23 and 25 — will be necessary to replace a faulty pump module on the station. As a result, the planned launch of the unmanned Cygnus spacecraft will occur in mid-January at the earliest.
16 December 2013, 03:35 PM ET
NASA engineers are trying to fix a problem with the International Space Station's cooling system in time for a private robotic spaceship to launch on a cargo mission to the orbiting lab on Thursday (Dec. 19).
15 December 2013, 04:18 PM ET
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15 December 2013, 02:54 PM ET
From amazing photos of the “Jade Rabbit” rover basking in Lunar Bay of Rainbows to stunning images of the Geminid meteor shower, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 15, 2013.
13 December 2013, 05:43 PM ET
NASA selected SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) to lease a historic launch pad to support the private spaceflight company's rockets.
12 December 2013, 01:14 PM ET
The malfunction of a vital cooling system on the International Space Station could delay plans to launch a privately built cargo ship on its first official delivery mission to the orbiting lab next week, NASA officials said today (Dec. 12).
12 December 2013, 11:30 AM ET
Commercial U.S. space company Orbital Sciences Corp. is set to send its second unmanned freighter the International Space Station next week. Weather permitting, the rocket launch should be visible for many skywatchers along the East Coast.
11 December 2013, 05:51 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's private SpaceShipTwo space plane built to fly space tourists on suborbital thrill rides successfully flew its latest glide test over the California desert today (Dec. 11). The flight tested a new coating to the spacecraft's twin tail boo
10 December 2013, 05:23 PM ET
Mars One, the nonprofit foundation that plans to send astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has secured suppliers for its first mission to the Red Planet. The foundation has picked Lockheed Martin to design its unmanned vehicles.
10 December 2013, 10:00 AM ET
The private Mars One colony project
09 December 2013, 03:17 PM ET
The next U.S. commercial spacecraft to fly to the International Space Station has been named for Gordon Fullerton, the late NASA astronaut who helped to deploy air-launched rockets built by the same company behind the space freighter.
08 December 2013, 02:38 PM ET
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08 December 2013, 01:06 PM ET
From an amazing video of the mysterious six-sided vortex spinning around Saturn's north pole to some stunning photos of Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 8, 2013.
08 December 2013, 08:40 AM ET
'Get ready for the Gs!' Those are the last words I heard from my pilot before four times the force of gravity pinned my arms, legs and the rest of my body to my seat in the Marchetti SF 260 I flew on Friday (Dec. 6) here at Air Combat USA
08 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
Twenty-three people are now the proud recipients of free trips to space and back again thanks to the Axe Apollo Space Academy, Space Expedition Corporation and XCOR Aerospace.
05 December 2013, 06:30 PM ET
California-based Moon Express unveiled the blueprint of its MX-1 lunar lander today. In addition to delivering payloads to the lunar surface, the coffee-table-size MX-1 could also help service satellites and clean up space junk, officials say.
05 December 2013, 06:01 PM ET
Moon Express, a privately funded company, is developing a robotic spacecraft to land on the moon.
05 December 2013, 01:11 PM ET
Things are about to get extreme. I flew down here to Florida Wednesday (Dec. 4) to cover the AXE Apollo Space Academy, a space camp designed to give away 23 tickets to space.
04 December 2013, 03:00 PM ET
For decades, the space race was seen as being mostly about national pride. Getting there first mattered most, whereas pushing the frontiers of science and technology took a close second.
03 December 2013, 06:30 PM ET
SpaceX launched its first-ever commercial satellite bound for a geostationary orbit Tuesday (Dec. 3) in a landmark flight for the private spaceflight company.
03 December 2013, 05:47 PM ET
An upgraded Falcon 9 rocket lofted the SES-8 telecommunications satellite to a geosynchronous transfer orbit of 80,000km on Dec. 3rd, 2013.
03 December 2013, 04:01 PM ET
The secretive private spaceflight company Blue Origin has successfully test-fired a new engine for its rockets that could one day lift cargo and astronauts into orbit, NASA announced.
03 December 2013, 02:59 PM ET
In one of the few behind-the-scenes looks at the private space company's assets, the hydrogen/oxygen fueled BE-3 rocket engine is test fired. Its being tested for use on the company's orbital launch vehicle.
03 December 2013, 02:50 PM ET
See tantalizing spaceship photos from the secretive commercial space company Blue Origins.
03 December 2013, 10:22 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will make its third attempt to launch a huge commercial communications satellite today (Dec. 3) in a landmark mission. The mission will launch at 5:41 p.m. EST (2241 GMT). Here's how to watch.
03 December 2013, 09:20 AM ET
NASA announced this week that is partnering with the billionaire-backed company Planetary Resources Inc., to launch asteroid-hunting competitions, seeking to crowdsource new ideas for software to find space rocks that could pose a threat to our planet.
02 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
How does a country preserve its mark on the moon for decades to come? It may not seem like the moon is a busy space-traffic hub these days, but in the not-too-distant future, that could change.
01 December 2013, 02:26 PM ET
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01 December 2013, 12:44 PM ET
From a stunning image of the Dragon's Head Nebula to a photo of Comet ISON as seen by a NASA Mercury Probe, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Dec. 1, 2013.
01 December 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2013.
30 November 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Piloting fighter jets, floating in zero gravity and spinning at a belly-flattening speed in a centrifuge are not the things a regular tourist is asked to do before a dream holiday.
28 November 2013, 11:57 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket fired its engines and was moments away from liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, but the commercial booster aborted the launch after computers detected the engines were too slow to build up thrust.