Private Spaceflight Archive
31 January 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire rocket-maker Elon Musk of SpaceX shared his big vision for a "self-sustaining civilization" on Mars with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a short documentary set to air this weekend.
31 January 2014, 11:14 AM ET
See images of Xcor's proposed spacecraft, Lynx.
30 January 2014, 11:31 AM ET
Virgin Galactic has tested its new fleet of liquid-fueled rocket engines, and unveiled additional details about the company's future plans to use the hybrid motors to launch commercial satellites into orbit.
29 January 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Do you want to fly on a suborbital space plane? What about a mission into orbit? A new commercial spaceflight training company wants to help you develop the right stuff for flying to space.
28 January 2014, 03:09 PM ET
CJ Sturckow, who has four space shuttle missions under his belt, got behind the wheel of Virgin Galactic's private SpaceShipTwo for the first time earlier this month, guiding the vehicle through an unpowered "glide flight."
27 January 2014, 05:10 PM ET
NASA is looking for good ideas about how to send a robot back to the surface of the moon. The space agency's new Lunar CATALYST is designed to give private entities a chance to develop robotic moon landers with help from NASA.
26 January 2014, 12:40 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
25 January 2014, 12:03 PM ET
From an image of a strange 'Jelly Doughnut' rock, to a new look at a cosmic lagoon, as well as striking images of a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 25, 2014.
24 January 2014, 12:00 PM ET
A new private space plane expected to eventually deliver astronauts into orbit has a launch date and a rocket to launch it into space.
23 January 2014, 04:48 PM ET
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft has come a long way. This video shows how the ship was put together, the pilots trained, and the ship tested over the past few years in preparation for a test launch in 2016 and human pilot flights in 2017.
23 January 2014, 11:29 AM ET
In January 2014, a team of scientists ventured to the Utah desert for a two-week Mars mission simulation. See what the mock Mars mission was like for SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell.
23 January 2014, 08:41 AM ET
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory tested its G-FOLD divert algorithm experimental landing system aboard the Masten rocket in Sept. 2013. This algorithm allows the rocket to autonomously select an alternate landing site.
21 January 2014, 12:16 PM ET
SpaceX marked another milestone in its quest to build a spaceship that could deliver American astronauts into orbit. The commercial spaceflight company dropped a human-rated version of its Dragon capsule into the Pacific Ocean to test out its parachutes.
20 January 2014, 04:15 AM ET
See photos of NASA's Valkyrie (R5) space robot, a humanoid robot built to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge and advance the state of the art of robotics within the agency.
18 January 2014, 04:56 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
18 January 2014, 12:12 PM ET
From a photo showing a spooky looking nebula to a striking new photo of a doomed star, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 18, 2014.
18 January 2014, 11:12 AM ET
Four private companies working to eventually launch astronauts into space with NASA are gearing up for a big year in 2014.
17 January 2014, 06:30 AM ET
The spectacular SpaceShipTwo video documents the vehicle's rocket-powered flight on Jan. 10, which set a company altitude record by getting up to 71,000 feet (21,641 meters) in the skies above California's Mojave Air and Space Port.
16 January 2014, 07:38 AM ET
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program would get up to $696 million — its highest annual budget yet — under an omnibus spending bill drafted by Congress to fund the federal government for the remainder of 2014.
12 January 2014, 12:21 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
12 January 2014, 08:30 AM ET
A robotic Cygnus resupply ship built by the company Orbital Sciences arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday (Jan. 12) to deliver more than 1 ton of cargo and supplies for astronauts on the orbiting laboratory.
12 January 2014, 08:17 AM ET
The ISS's robotic arm captured the Orbital Sciences' cargo vehicle on January 12, 2014. It is carrying supplies and science experiments.
12 January 2014, 08:07 AM ET
Virgin Galactic successfully tested its vehicle again on January 10th, 2014 and reached 71,000 feet (21,641 meters) and a top speed of Mach 1.4. They are still on track to start commercial service later this year.
12 January 2014, 07:50 AM ET
See photos from Orbital Sciences of the first Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station in January 2014. The Jan. 8 launch will visible from parts of the U.S. East Coast.
11 January 2014, 05:18 PM ET
From a celestial "Hand of God" to a super-deep look at the universe, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 11, 2014.
11 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The robotic spacecraft that launched to the International Space Station Thursday (Jan. 9) may have been unmanned, but it was packed with 800 living six-legged spaceflyers.
11 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The longed-for dawn of private manned space travel appears near at hand. Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo, for example, aced its third supersonic test flight on Friday, and company officials say they remain on track to begin commercial service.
11 January 2014, 09:22 AM ET
See photos from Virgin Galactic's third rocket-powered test flight of the private space plane SpaceShipTwo on Jan. 10, 2014. It was Virgin Galactic's highest flight at the time.
10 January 2014, 02:08 PM ET
Virgin Galactic launched its highest SpaceShipTwo test flight yet, a supersonic rocket-powered flight on Jan. 10 that sent the private space plane streaking 71,000 feet over California's Mojave Desert.
09 January 2014, 01:14 PM ET
The Orbital Sciences' rocket launched from NASA's Wallops in Virginia on January 9th, 2014. It is delivering supplies and experiments to the ISS.
09 January 2014, 01:10 PM ET
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corporation launched a robotic spacecraft from Virginia's Eastern Shore Thursday (Jan. 9) on a milestone flight: the company's first official cargo delivery to the International Space Station.
09 January 2014, 01:07 PM ET
See launch photos for Orbital Sciences' first commercial cargo mission using a Cygnus spacecraft, which blasted off on Jan. 9, 2014 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.