Private Spaceflight Archive
08 September 2013, 03:07 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 September 2013, 01:34 PM ET
From a spectacular reader photos of the LADEE launch to a dazzling fireball, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Sept. 8, 2013.
06 September 2013, 05:01 PM ET
Serial innovator Elon Musk is living up to his reputation as a real-life Tony Stark. In a new video, Musk shows off the excessively cool "Iron Man"-like tech that is quite literally at his fingertips inside the rocket-making labs of his company SpaceX.
06 September 2013, 10:16 AM ET
Watch billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk pull a Tony Stark as he reveals the future of rocket design, an interactive ‘Iron Man’-like computer interface that uses gestures.
06 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Virgin Galactic's private spaceship flew higher and faster than it ever had before on Thursday (Sept. 5), giving company officials confidence that the vehicle is on track to start carrying passengers on suborbital jaunts next year.
05 September 2013, 07:45 PM ET
When a first-of-its-kind cargo spacecraft lifts off for the International Space Station, it will fly under the name of the late astronaut who helped make the commercial flight possible.
05 September 2013, 03:11 PM ET
See photos of Virgin Galactic's second rocket-powered test flight over the Mojave Air and Space Port on Sept. 5, 2013. The test flight marked the highest yet and included a test of the craft's novel feathering system.
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.