Private Spaceflight Archive
19 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
With all the attention being given to Virgin Galactic's impressive list of future celebritynauts (Ashton! Branson! Beiber!), its spaceship's impressive capabilities for microgravity research have been largely overlooked.
19 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The private company SpaceX has been narrowing its search for a new location in which to build a commercial launch facility for industrial customers. The firm has recently focused on Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and particularly Texas.
18 July 2013, 03:19 PM ET
Can this coastal launch site drive commercial development of the Solar System’s frontiers? Gilberto Salinas, Executive VP, Brownsville Economic Development Corporation, discusses a pending SpaceX private spaceport with’s @DavidSkyBrody.
16 July 2013, 05:17 PM ET
A commercial U.S. spacecraft is set to make its first flight to the International Space Station this September, paving the way for regular resupply trips to the orbiting lab.
14 July 2013, 11:00 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
13 July 2013, 12:04 PM ET
From the Milky Way over rural Maine to a giant baby attacking a telescope, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
10 July 2013, 10:00 AM ET
Nearly two dozen museums and other locations around the U.S. (plus one in England) boast real spaceships that have carried astronauts on missions to orbit and the moon.
08 July 2013, 02:42 PM ET
A private company's prototype reusable rocket made its highest leap to date last month, soaring 100 stories into the air before landing softly back at its launch pad as planned. SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle reached a maximum altitude of 1,066 feet on June
07 July 2013, 12:19 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 July 2013, 10:47 PM ET
From a blue sun to fireworks over the space shuttle, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
01 July 2013, 07:11 AM ET
Space illustrator Adrian Mann created these concept images of futuristic nuclear-powered interstellar starships.
30 June 2013, 12:31 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
29 June 2013, 05:40 AM ET
NASA's space shuttle fleet has flown in space for 30 years and retires in 2011.
28 June 2013, 07:45 PM ET
From space-age jewelry to what a lunar colony could look like, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
28 June 2013, 04:38 PM ET
Suborbital space tourist flights could launch from the seaside runway.
28 June 2013, 12:18 PM ET
'I've been there before,' Aldrin said.
28 June 2013, 07:00 AM ET
PayPal Galactic's ambitious effort needs to answer many big questions right off the bat.
27 June 2013, 12:01 AM ET
Space-tourism transactions could become easier with the new PayPal Galactic.
26 June 2013, 06:00 AM ET
A permanent moon base manned by astronauts is a staple of science fiction. But how would it work in reality?
26 June 2013, 05:56 AM ET
Hear what Rainn Wilson has to say about space mining.
25 June 2013, 05:34 PM ET
Human remains were among the payloads launched by UP Aerospace.
25 June 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Humans could set up robot-constructed mining outposts at the moon's poles.
24 June 2013, 06:08 AM ET
Here are five things you might not have known about Antares.
23 June 2013, 10:00 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
22 June 2013, 07:20 AM ET
From a black hole's guts to a cosmic penguin , don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
19 June 2013, 02:13 PM ET
The SOAR rocket plane will initially be robotic, but could carry a manned compartment under a new deal.
18 June 2013, 01:15 PM ET
A House Science space subcommittee bill would direct NASA astronauts back to the moon.
18 June 2013, 11:50 AM ET
Swiss Space Systems is developing a new private space shuttle designed to fly unmanned, and eventually manned, flights to suborbital space. See how aerospace veteran Thales Alenia Space will build the habitable section here.
17 June 2013, 05:42 PM ET
See images of NASA's 2013 astronaut class, a mix of eight men and women that will become the next U.S. space travelers.
17 June 2013, 04:01 PM ET
The announcement comes the heels of the 50th anniversary of the first woman in space.
17 June 2013, 11:26 AM ET
Eight candidates have been selected as NASA's newest astronaut trainees, some of whom may be among those first to launch from U.S. soil on commercial American spacecraft.
16 June 2013, 10:24 AM ET
Here's a run-through of the trailblazing women who achieved major firsts in space.