Private Spaceflight Archive
14 September 2013, 02:09 PM ET
From a stunning solar prominence to an aurora over finland, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
14 September 2013, 12:44 PM ET
A commercial Antares rocket rolled out to its Virginia coast launch pad Friday carrying a brand-new Cygnus supply ship poised to make its debut test flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday.
14 September 2013, 10:32 AM ET
From a photobombing frog to a baseball-size meteor, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Sept. 14, 2013.
11 September 2013, 06:29 PM ET
SpaceX took a moment from preparing for its first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California to fly an American flag from its launch tower to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. "Today, we look onward and upward, but #neverforget."
11 September 2013, 03:42 PM ET
A group that's looking for the first Red Planet colonists received applications from more than 200,000 prospective astronauts vying for a spot on a one-way trip to Mars.
11 September 2013, 07:42 AM ET
Virgin Galactic looks poised to begin launching paying passengers into space by 2014, but the private spaceship company is going needs more folks with the "right stuff. Enter, the Virgin Galactic Career Fair.
10 September 2013, 05:15 PM ET
Private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic held a career day event on Sept. 7, 2013, at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.
10 September 2013, 01:24 PM ET
At the Explorers Club, two of the world's first space tourists traded stories about their astronaut toilet training with the Russians, or lack of it. See how private space travelers Richard Garriott and Dennis Tito compared notes.
10 September 2013, 10:36 AM ET
In a new, video released Sunday (Sept. 8) by the private spaceflight company SpaceX, a herd of cows can be seen running for the hills, seemingly in fear of the firm's Grasshopper rocket taking off and landing in the background.
10 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket from a newly refurbished pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Sept. 14) in a mission that will also attempt to recover the rocket's first stage.
09 September 2013, 12:36 PM ET
In this fixed camera view, SpaceX's Grasshopper makes a lateral movement of 300 feet before returning to its launchpad, but not before startling a nearby herd of cows.
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?