Private Spaceflight Archive
01 November 2013, 12:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in October 2013.
29 October 2013, 05:33 PM ET
A private spaceflight company is investigating the glitch that caused its space plane — designed to eventually carry astronauts to and from orbit — to skid off the runway during an unmanned test.
29 October 2013, 09:14 AM ET
The first free flight of a new private space plane successfully tested the spacecraft's automated approach and landing system, despite a malfunction that sent the spacecraft skidding off the runway, its builder tells SPACE.com.
29 October 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Actor Tim Allen will narrate a new 25-minute film called "Back to the Moon for Good," which recounts the history of lunar exploration efforts and previews the coming robotic rush to the moon unleashed by the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize.
28 October 2013, 03:13 PM ET
A privately built space plane performed a key flight test Saturday (Oct. 26), but officials are now examining a malfunction that occurred when the vehicle touched down for landing, according to NASA representatives.
27 October 2013, 10:17 AM ET
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26 October 2013, 02:51 PM ET
From a stunning image of a 'Canyon of Fire' ripping across the sun to photos of Comet ISON, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Oct. 26, 2013.
26 October 2013, 12:45 PM ET
From dancing auroras over Maine and Norway to a beautifully captured image of 'Cygnus Wall' don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
23 October 2013, 07:05 AM ET
A year ago this month, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner achieved an incredible feat: He became the first human to break the sound barrier with his body by skydiving from the edge of space. Baumgartner reuinited with the Red Bull Stratos team.
22 October 2013, 01:47 PM ET
Learn the latest news about space tourism and space tourist trips into outer space.
22 October 2013, 01:40 PM ET
For $75,000, a company called World View Enterprises will loft you 19 miles (30 kilometers) into Earth's atmosphere using a high-altitude balloon. You won't get your astronaut wings, but the views will still be spectacular, officials say.
22 October 2013, 12:52 PM ET
Designs for the World View Enterprises' space-qualified capsule has been classified as a Commercial Space System by the Federal Aviation Administration. Passengers will have the opportunity to spend two hours above 98,000 feet.
22 October 2013, 12:49 PM ET
World View Enterprises of Tucson, AZ, plans to offer suborbital spaceflight in a capsule lifted by balloon to 18.6 miles (30 km), which then glides back to Earth. See how the flights will work in this SPACE.com gallery.
22 October 2013, 11:14 AM ET
See photos of Orbital Sciences's first Cygnus spacecraft test flight to the International Space Station launching on an Antares rocket in September 2013. The mission launches from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
22 October 2013, 09:44 AM ET
The Orbital Science's cargo craft has left the ISS behind after close to a month on October 22, 2013. Its destructive Earth re-entry will commence on October 23rd.
22 October 2013, 07:45 AM ET
The first privately built Cygnus cargo ship to visit the International Space Station detached from the orbiting lab Tuesday (Oct. 22) and is poised to destroy itself in Earth's atmosphere in a fiery finale to its successful test flight.
21 October 2013, 03:35 PM ET
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20 October 2013, 10:26 AM ET
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19 October 2013, 02:18 PM ET
From an orange Orion nebula to glowing auroras, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
19 October 2013, 01:01 PM ET
From a stunning image of Saturn to a black hole's indigestion, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Oct. 19, 2013.
19 October 2013, 10:15 AM ET
Soon, Virgin Galactic could be ferrying more than tourists to space on its suborbital flights. The company that aims to be the world's first commercial "spaceline" also plans to give scientists and educators the chance to fly experiments.
17 October 2013, 02:01 PM ET
SpaceX managed to re-light the next-generation Falcon 9's nine-engine first stage twice during the Sept. 29 test flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, easing the stage's return to Earth over the Pacific Ocean.
16 October 2013, 01:50 PM ET
RocketCam's video of the September 29th, 2013 launch, saw the upgraded rocket's first stage separation and an engine restart - key to making fully re-usable boosters that can fly often.
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.