Private Spaceflight Archive
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.
09 January 2014, 06:56 AM ET
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences will launch a privately built Cygnus cargo ship on its debut delivery mission to the International Space Station today (Jan. 9). Liftoff is set for 1:07 p.m. EST (1807 GMT) from Virginia.
08 January 2014, 05:14 PM ET
The European Space Agency, following in the footsteps of the German space agency, said it had signed an agreement with Sierra Nevada Corp. to investigate a European collaboration on SNC’s Dream Chaser crew-transport vehicle.
08 January 2014, 08:10 AM ET
A huge solar flare from the sun has delayed the launch of Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station today (Jan. 8). See what it means for the mission here.
08 January 2014, 12:47 AM ET
A privately built robotic spacecraft is poised to blast off from Virginia's freezing cold Eastern Shore today (Jan. 8) on a debut delivery flight to the International Space Station, and you can watch it live online.
07 January 2014, 05:53 PM ET
A commercial spacecraft bound for the International Space Station is cleared to launch from Virginia's frigid Eastern Shore Wednesday (Jan. 8) in a milestone delivery mission for its builder, Orbital Sciences Corp.
07 January 2014, 01:49 PM ET
The fictional storybook space adventures of a dog named Max are blasting off in real life to be read on board the International Space Station. The astronauts will record videos of themselves reading the books for children to enjoy and learn from back on E
06 January 2014, 07:32 PM ET
Launching for the second time in five weeks, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Monday (Jan. 6) and successfully put a broadcasting satellite in a high-altitude orbit for a Thai communications operator.
06 January 2014, 02:21 PM ET
SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell is part of a mock Mars mission in the Utah desert this week and wants to know: What questions do you have for a Red Planet simulation?
06 January 2014, 01:12 PM ET
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the THAICOM 6 communications satellite is slated to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today at 5:06 p.m. EST. You can watch the liftoff live here on SPACE.com beginning at 4:25 p.m. EST.
04 January 2014, 11:14 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
04 January 2014, 01:05 PM ET
SpaceX has delayed the launch of a Thai communications satellite from Friday until at least Monday, according to the U.S. Air Force. Liftoff is now set for no earlier than Monday, according to a brief statement from the 45th Space Wing.
04 January 2014, 12:42 PM ET
From astronauts wishing Earth a happy New Year from space to jaw-dropping views of Saturn, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 4, 2014.
03 January 2014, 07:19 PM ET
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences has delayed the launch if its first delivery mission to the International Space Station next week by at least one or two days due to expected frigid temperatures.
03 January 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft, which is built by Orbital Sciences, is slated to blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, in a launch that could be visible from large stretches of the U.S. East Coast.
02 January 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Golden Spike, acompany developing commercial missions to the moon for launch in 2020, has partnered with Honeybee Robotics to design lunar rovers to accompany the manned expeditions.
01 January 2014, 01:11 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in December 2013.
31 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic celebrated a year of new rocket technologies, space ships, certifications, and construction of the first ever spaceport for tourists.
31 December 2013, 03:02 PM ET
The Canadian company UrtheCast and its Russian partners are investigating what went wrong when its new Earth-watching cameras suffered a glitch shortly after being installed outside the International Space Station last week.
31 December 2013, 12:52 PM ET
The private Martian colony project Mars One announced Monday (Dec. 30) that it has picked 1,058 hopeful volunteers to move on to the next round in its search for the first humans to live and die on the Red Planet.
31 December 2013, 09:16 AM ET
From a new rover on the moon, to the most powerful digital camera ever built, space will be buzzing with human activities in 2014.
29 December 2013, 11:49 AM ET
Space feats reached internationally and into interplanetary space in 2013, with milestones stretching from Earth to Mars.
28 December 2013, 08:57 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
28 December 2013, 08:24 PM ET
From photos of rare noctilucent clouds to images from a vital holiday spacewalk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 28, 2013.
19 December 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The Mars One colonization mission plans to bring live video of the surface of Mars to Earth via a privately built communications satellite and lander to launch as part of an unmanned mission in 2018.
18 December 2013, 06:50 PM ET
Repairing a problem with the International Space Station's vital cooling system will require at least two if not three spacewalks, NASA officials said today (Dec. 18). The spacewalks are scheduled for Dec. 21, 23 and 25.