Private Spaceflight Archive
28 November 2013, 05:59 PM ET
The engines were automatically shutdown due to an anomaly on Nov. 28th, 2013. It will carry the SES-8 telecommunications satellite to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Window has not closed for the day, Nov. 29th has another launch window.
28 November 2013, 08:34 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX has set the table for a Thanksgiving Day rocket launch from Florida today (Nov. 28) after a two-day delay due to a technical glitch. Liftoff is set for 5:39 p.m. EST (0039 GMT). Watch live online.
26 November 2013, 03:00 PM ET
British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said his company Virgin Galactic is now accepting the digital-only currency bitcoin for its commercial spaceflights aboard SpaceShipTwo.
26 November 2013, 07:45 AM ET
SpaceX delayed the planned launch of the huge SES-8 communications satellite on Monday (Nov. 25) after a technical glitch with its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket. See what happened here.
25 November 2013, 09:08 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is counting down to a critical commercial satellite launch in Florida today (Nov. 25), and you can watch the launch attempt live online.
24 November 2013, 10:52 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 November 2013, 03:40 PM ET
From an amazing MAVEN spacecraft launch toward the Red Planet to stunning images by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 23, 2013.
23 November 2013, 02:24 PM ET
From the dazzling nighttime rocket launch to a spectacular set of photos showing the evolution of Comet ISON over the last few months, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
22 November 2013, 06:22 PM ET
The document calls on federal agencies to continue supporting the development of private American spaceships to carry astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and directs NASA to keep working on a heavy-lift rocket to send people much farther afield.
21 November 2013, 02:26 PM ET
NASA explains how a comet goes through the process of sublimation as it nears the Sun.
21 November 2013, 09:49 AM ET
Get the latest news on 3D printing in space. See how NASA and private companies are making space manufacturing and on-demand parts a reality.
21 November 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The nonprofit Inspiration Mars Foundation aims to partner with NASA to send two astronauts on a flyby mission to the Red Planet in 2018. This has little chance of happening unless Congress and the White House approve the mission in the next few months.
20 November 2013, 03:59 PM ET
The Kennedy Space Center's Director (and former astronaut) shares his memories of building the International Space Station with SPACE.com's @MiriKramer and talks about its accomplishments.
20 November 2013, 03:36 PM ET
Inspiration Mars — which is led by multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist — hopes to partner with NASA, using some of the space agency's equipment and an infusion of federal money to get off the launchpad by early January 2018.
20 November 2013, 10:49 AM ET
The first module (Zvezda) launched in 1998 and the station was completed in 2011. To date, over 1500 science experiments, 139 flights have been made by 68 partnering countries.
19 November 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The United States military's ORS-3 mission is slated to blast off Tuesday night carrying 29 different satellites — the most ever in a single launch. Here is a description of most of the satellites provided by the U.S. Operationally Responsive Space Office
16 November 2013, 08:54 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
16 November 2013, 03:49 PM ET
From strange 'elephant trunk' space clouds to an unprecedented view of Saturn from space, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 16, 2013.
16 November 2013, 03:01 PM ET
From the Milky Way glowing over a fiery Hawaiian volcano to beautiful images featuring the Milky Way over a touching Tribute Hike for a fallen soldier, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
09 November 2013, 12:22 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 November 2013, 09:22 PM ET
From a bizarre asteroid to the strongest solar flare of 2013, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 9, 2013.
08 November 2013, 08:48 PM ET
From an astronaut's stunning images taken from space to an eclipse chaser's look at a rare solar eclipse, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
08 November 2013, 04:27 PM ET
ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano reviews a few of the more than 30 experiments he performed while on board the International Space Station including testing astronaut food, metal alloy crystallization, capturing the Cygnus space ship, and more.
08 November 2013, 11:30 AM ET
Virgin Galactic's historic first flight into space will be televised. Richard Branson, the owner of the commercial spaceflight company, has penned a deal with NBC ensuring that the network will air the inaugural flight of SpaceShipTwo.
07 November 2013, 11:03 AM ET
The famed 27-year-old pop singer is scheduled to blast off on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in early 2015, according to press reports. Gaga will reportedly sing one song during her trip into suborbital space.
06 November 2013, 05:52 PM ET
Newt Gingrich may have been mocked for proposing to establish a permanent American settlement on the moon by 2020 if he was elected president, but it turns out the outspoken politician is serious about exploring the cosmos.
03 November 2013, 10:58 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
02 November 2013, 05:28 PM ET
From a Witch's Broom Nebula to a spectacular 3D Mars Video, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 2, 2013.
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.