Private Spaceflight Archive
05 September 2013, 01:27 PM ET
The space tourism company Virgin Galactic performed the second rocket-powered flight test of its SpaceShipTwo passenger spacecraft Thursday (Sept. 5), marking a major milestone for the spaceflight company. See how the flight went.
03 September 2013, 06:42 AM ET
Tens of thousands of people are prepared to leave their families, jobs and lives behind for a one-way trip to Mars. But what sort of person would go?
01 September 2013, 08:56 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
31 August 2013, 01:16 PM ET
From a meteor blazing over an ancient castle, to cloudy purple haze or a spectacular shot of a lunar fog bow, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
31 August 2013, 11:47 AM ET
From a traveling northern lights show to curiosity rover's best photos yet, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Aug. 31, 2013.
29 August 2013, 04:09 PM ET
"Space tourism" is "buzzworthy," according to a prominent dictionary, which added the word to its lexicon this week.
28 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A private Mars colonization effort has fallen short of its expected number of astronaut applications but still aims to put boots on the Red Planet in 2023. With a few days left in the application process, Mars One has received about 165,000 submissions.
25 August 2013, 01:19 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
24 August 2013, 11:41 AM ET
From amazing shots of the "Blue Moon" to a captivating new star explosion, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
24 August 2013, 10:50 AM ET
From a birth of a star to a "ufo" near the space station, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Aug. 24, 2013.
24 August 2013, 09:40 AM ET
The private Dream Chaser space plane took to the skies for the second time ever Thursday (Aug. 22), passing a "captive carry" test that will help pave the way for the new vehicle's free-flying debut this fall.
23 August 2013, 10:27 AM ET
The deadline approaches for applications to join a one-way mission to Mars. Though the prospect is off-putting to many, it's also the dream of a lifetime to some.
23 August 2013, 09:43 AM ET
A NASA jumbo jet that for more than three decades ferried space shuttles across the country is now being readied for its own move, thanks to the support from the aerospace company that originally built the iconic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
23 August 2013, 06:30 AM ET
The aerospace industry has long sought to build a fully reusable rocket launch system to bring down the cost of ferrying people and payloads into orbit. What does it take to create one?
23 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The DC-X (Delta Clipper Experimental) was a prototype for a reusable space launch vehicle tested in the 1990s. See how fully reusable launch vehicles are envisioned to work in this SPACE.com infographic.
19 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
A newly announced contest asks students to propose design concepts for the Inspiration Mars mission, a private effort that aims to launch two astronauts on a close flyby of the Red Planet in January 2018.
18 August 2013, 09:00 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
17 August 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight firm SpaceX has notched a key milestone in its quest to launch humans to orbit, just three days after company founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled his futuristic "Hyperloop" transportation concept to the world.
17 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
From the beginning of an aurora to starry sky over a national park, don't miss these jawdropping night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
17 August 2013, 12:39 AM ET
From a new star explosion to the possibilities of the hyperloop, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Aug. 18, 2013.
16 August 2013, 12:30 PM ET
Scientists, entrepreneurs and famous thinkers from all over the world are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in space and humanity's understanding of it.
16 August 2013, 12:30 PM ET
A look (in no particular order) at 10 of the 25 most influential people in space, as chosen recently by a new book from Time Books.
16 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Nearly 20 years ago to the date, a pioneering reusable spacecraft called the Delta Clipper Experimental, or DC-X, made its first flight. This weekend, veterans of that program are gathering in New Mexico to celebrate the anniversary of that amazing feat.
15 August 2013, 11:04 AM ET
See photos from NASA's DC-X rocket project in the 1990s, which built and launched a prototype for vertical launch and landing.
14 August 2013, 04:25 PM ET
SpaceX's reusable rocket prototype, dubbed Grasshopper, is designed for vertical takeoffs and landings, but in the commercial spacecraft's latest test flight, Grasshopper proved it could hop sideways, too.
14 August 2013, 01:48 PM ET
The Falcon 9 test rig (codenamed Grasshopper) successfully completed a 'divert' test, with the ship making a 100m lateral maneuver while reaching an altitude of 250m. This test demonstrated the ships ability to make more aggressive maneuvers.
14 August 2013, 11:49 AM ET
Sierra Nevada Corp. ran its flight vehicle through a series of tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The braking and landing systems were tests at speeds ranging from 10 to 60 mph.
13 August 2013, 09:00 AM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's vision for a futuristic Hyperloop transportation system concept involves sleek passenger capsules flying within a tube on a cushion of air. See how the ultra-fast system could get from N.Y. to S.F. in 30 min.
12 August 2013, 06:40 PM ET
The Hyperloop, Musk revealed today (Aug. 12), is a solar-powered transportation system that could rocket passenger-packed pods through long tubes at 760 mph or so (1,220 km/h). The technology could cut the LA-San Francisco travel time to 30 minutes.
12 August 2013, 03:10 PM ET
The space capsules that are used to deliver crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station are now available for delivery on envelopes and postcards mailed through the Houston post office.
11 August 2013, 09:08 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
10 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
From NASA's 1970s visions of a space colony to a mock Mars mission and views of lightning from space, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Aug. 10, 2013.