Private Spaceflight Archive
30 September 2013, 06:23 PM ET
SpaceX's first launch from California on Sunday (Sept. 29) gave some unsuspecting observers a little more than they bargained for.
30 September 2013, 03:21 PM ET
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket in a successful test flight that included many firsts, including the firm's first-ever West Coast launch.
30 September 2013, 07:20 AM ET
Two private American companies are now responsible for hauling cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft attached to the orbiting laboratory today by 8:44 a.m. EDT (1244 GMT), a first for the cargo ship.
29 September 2013, 08:31 PM ET
The SpaceX rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 29th, 2013. It carried the CASSIOPE satellite to orbit.
29 September 2013, 12:27 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched the first of its next-generation Falcon 9 rockets Sunday (Sept. 29) in a major test flight full of space firsts. The launch also carried Canada's CASSIOPE space weather satellite into orbit.
29 September 2013, 10:37 AM ET
An unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences arrived at the International Space Station early Sunday (Sept. 29), capping a major test flight for the new private spacecraft. This is the first-ever station visit for the Cygnus spacecraft.
29 September 2013, 09:45 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a new Falcon 9 rocket from California today (Sept. 29) and you can watch the liftoff live online. Liftoff is targeted for 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT/9 a.m. PDT). Here's how to watch.
29 September 2013, 09:25 AM ET
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29 September 2013, 07:51 AM ET
The Orbital Sciences' vehicle was captured by the International Space Station's robotic arm on September 29th, 2013.
29 September 2013, 04:00 AM ET
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28 September 2013, 12:22 PM ET
From a stunning view of the Milky way to the harvest moon, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
28 September 2013, 11:06 AM ET
From a supersonic shockwave to the glowing harvest moon, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Sept. 28, 2013.
27 September 2013, 03:11 PM ET
A new space-weather satellite could help better protect Earth's infrastructure from damaging solar storms, officials from the Canadian Space Agency say.
27 September 2013, 02:27 PM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is expected to be grabbed by the orbiting lab's huge robotic arm at 7:15 a.m. EDT Sunday, with docking operations starting two hours later. You can watch the action live here at SPACE.com, beginning at 4:30 a.m. EDT.
23 September 2013, 11:40 AM ET
A private robotic ship bound for the International Space Station is going to have to wait it out in space until at least Saturday (Sept. 28) before delivering its cargo to the orbiting laboratory.
22 September 2013, 05:47 AM ET
A new robotic commercial cargo ship for the International Space Station skipped its first attempt to link up with the orbiting lab Sunday (Sept. 22) due to a rendezvous glitch that delayed its arrival for 48 hours, NASA officials say
21 September 2013, 09:25 PM ET
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21 September 2013, 10:21 AM ET
From Venus and the moon crashing a wedding photo to the milky way over an ancient temple, don't miss these stunning night sky and space from the last week.
21 September 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Orbital Sciences has contracted with NASA to make supply runs to the International Space Station.
20 September 2013, 06:58 PM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is expected to be grappled by astronauts using the orbiting outpost's huge robotic arm at 7:25 a.m. EDT Sunday. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will be secured to its docking port beginning at 9:15 a.m. EDT.
20 September 2013, 06:04 PM ET
The private space company test fired the engines on upgraded Falcon 9 (v.1.1) on September 19th, 2013. The target launch window for the rocket opens on September 29th.
19 September 2013, 04:39 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have several chances to spot the new private Cygnus spacecraft as it chases the International Space Station across the pre-dawn sky. Weather permitting, it will be possible to see both spac
18 September 2013, 03:54 PM ET
The mighty roar of a commercial rocket launching a brand-new private cargo ship on a stunning debut test flight from Virginia's Eastern shore today (Sept. 18) has NASA overjoyed and the spaceship's builder beaming with pride.
18 September 2013, 11:12 AM ET
An Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket carrying the re-supply spacecraft launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, 2013. This marks the second private company to launch a spacecraft to the International Space Station.
18 September 2013, 11:03 AM ET
An untested commercial spacecraft blasted off on its first trek to the International Space Station today, kicking off a major test flight for its Virginia-based builders and NASA. The unmanned Cygnus vehicle lifted off atop an Antares rocket.
18 September 2013, 12:00 AM ET
A new commercial spaceship, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus vehicle, is poised to launch on a critical test flight to the International Space Station from Virginia's Eastern Shore today (Sept. 18). The Cygnus spacecraft launches atop an Antares rocket.
17 September 2013, 03:52 PM ET
A new commercial spacecraft built to haul cargo to the International Space Station will launch into space from Virginia's Eastern Shore Wednesday, and it just might be visible from a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast. Here's how to see it.
17 September 2013, 12:36 PM ET
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, nestled on a quaint stretch of Virginia's rural coastline, has an active autumn launch schedule this year, one sign a nearly $150 million investment by state and federal governments is starting to pay off.
17 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Anomalies discovered during a Sept. 12 hot-fire test, coupled with upcoming missile tests at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, have delayed the inaugural launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to the end of September, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday
17 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
An unmanned private space capsule is about to launch atop a rocket from Virginia on a trip to the International Space Station. SPACE.com compiled this handy cheat sheet to help you keep SpaceX's Dragon and Orbital Sciences' Cygnus straight.
16 September 2013, 06:59 PM ET
In an old World War II-hangar in blistering hot Mojave, Calif., a passionate group of young aerospace engineers is building the private spaceship called Lynx, which is the main competitor of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
16 September 2013, 05:03 PM ET
The Cygnus spacecraft, which is built by aerospace firm Orbital Sciences, passed its launch readiness review and is now set to lift off Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, officials announced Monday (Sept. 16).