Private Spaceflight Archive
16 October 2013, 10:23 AM ET
The late author Tom Clancy was an investor in and strong supporter of the Rotary Rocket Company, which aimed to build a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle.
15 October 2013, 11:07 AM ET
The U.S. dominated the commercial launch market in the early 1980s but lost most of that ground to Europe and Russia over the last two decades. China remains a bit player now, but that won't be the case for long, SpaceX officials say.
14 October 2013, 03:39 PM ET
The new commercial space plane, called Dream Chaser, was slated to make a major free-flight test slated on Oct. 5 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, located inside Edwards Air Force Base in California.
14 October 2013, 01:26 PM ET
An experimental and reusable rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared to new heights earlier this month.
13 October 2013, 10:30 AM ET
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13 October 2013, 08:32 AM ET
The 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle rose to an altitude of 744m (2440 feet) on October 7th, 2013. A single camera hexacopter got closer than any previous flight, delivering the stunning view.
12 October 2013, 02:33 PM ET
From a stunning view of the Milky way to glowing auroras, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
12 October 2013, 12:24 PM ET
From glowing northern lights to the largest solar sail , don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Oct. 12, 2013.
11 October 2013, 05:30 PM ET
Sir Richard Branson reaches out to the public to join in on the adventure that their spaceliner will provide.
11 October 2013, 04:52 PM ET
Sir Richard Branson and George Whitesides talk about the Space tourism company's future at the largest gathering of future astronauts to date. The 'Your Flight DNA' event was hosted at Mojave Air and Space Port.
11 October 2013, 04:01 PM ET
John Graves, one person with a ticket to space on a flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, explains why he bought a flight to space.
10 October 2013, 04:27 PM ET
Cargo delivered to the International Space Station by Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft is now completely unloaded from the commercial resupply ship and aboard the orbiting laboratory.
10 October 2013, 03:01 PM ET
In a couple months, the astronauts on the International Space Station will get an alcoholic treat, courtesy of a sixth grader.
10 October 2013, 11:40 AM ET
A photographer's road trip to see SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California last month led to this striking composite photo recently released to SPACE.com. Photographer David A. Kodama captures the SpaceX rocket launch in stages.
10 October 2013, 11:17 AM ET
See photos of private spaceflight company's SpaceX's first upgraded Falcon 9 test flight on Sept. 29, 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
08 October 2013, 01:34 PM ET
It may be at least a year before Virgin Galactic's future passengers fly to suborbital space, but some of them recently got a chance to experience weightlessness on a ZERO-G flight.
06 October 2013, 09:00 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
Don't miss the many great space images from the week of Oct. 5, including a private spacecraft's first International Space Station arrival, the spectacular launch of a brand-new private rocket and Comet ISON as seen from Mars orbit.
03 October 2013, 04:53 PM ET
Soon, you'll be able to watch people compete for a chance to fly to space from the comfort of your couch. An upcoming reality TV show picked up by NBC called "Space Race" will follow along as space fans compete to win a free ride on SpaceShipTwo.
02 October 2013, 01:31 PM ET
Swiss Space Systems plans to launch a new private space plane carrying the space junk-cleaning satellite CleanSpace One by 2018, and the launch just might lift off from North America.
02 October 2013, 12:10 AM ET
See the latest news about space debris and junk in space.
01 October 2013, 05:49 PM ET
SpaceX issued a statement Oct. 1 denying speculation that the upper stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket exploded on orbit following the rocket’s successful demonstration launch Sept. 29 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
01 October 2013, 11:08 AM ET
Launch team comments on their first West Coast SpaceX Falcon 9, which lifted the Cascade Smallsat & Ionospheric Polar Explorer [CASSIOPE] from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-4 in a crucial test of vehicle and military crew.
01 October 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2013.
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
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?