Private Spaceflight Archive
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.
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
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
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
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
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.