Private Spaceflight Archive
06 October 2013, 09:00 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
Don't miss the many great space images from the week of Oct. 5, including a private spacecraft's first International Space Station arrival, the spectacular launch of a brand-new private rocket and Comet ISON as seen from Mars orbit.
03 October 2013, 04:53 PM ET
Soon, you'll be able to watch people compete for a chance to fly to space from the comfort of your couch. An upcoming reality TV show picked up by NBC called "Space Race" will follow along as space fans compete to win a free ride on SpaceShipTwo.
02 October 2013, 01:31 PM ET
Swiss Space Systems plans to launch a new private space plane carrying the space junk-cleaning satellite CleanSpace One by 2018, and the launch just might lift off from North America.
02 October 2013, 12:10 AM ET
See the latest news about space debris and junk in space.
01 October 2013, 05:49 PM ET
SpaceX issued a statement Oct. 1 denying speculation that the upper stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket exploded on orbit following the rocket’s successful demonstration launch Sept. 29 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
01 October 2013, 11:08 AM ET
Launch team comments on their first West Coast SpaceX Falcon 9, which lifted the Cascade Smallsat & Ionospheric Polar Explorer [CASSIOPE] from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-4 in a crucial test of vehicle and military crew.
01 October 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2013.
30 September 2013, 06:23 PM ET
SpaceX's first launch from California on Sunday (Sept. 29) gave some unsuspecting observers a little more than they bargained for.
30 September 2013, 03:21 PM ET
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket in a successful test flight that included many firsts, including the firm's first-ever West Coast launch.
30 September 2013, 07:20 AM ET
Two private American companies are now responsible for hauling cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft attached to the orbiting laboratory today by 8:44 a.m. EDT (1244 GMT), a first for the cargo ship.
29 September 2013, 08:31 PM ET
The SpaceX rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 29th, 2013. It carried the CASSIOPE satellite to orbit.
29 September 2013, 12:27 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched the first of its next-generation Falcon 9 rockets Sunday (Sept. 29) in a major test flight full of space firsts. The launch also carried Canada's CASSIOPE space weather satellite into orbit.
29 September 2013, 10:37 AM ET
An unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences arrived at the International Space Station early Sunday (Sept. 29), capping a major test flight for the new private spacecraft. This is the first-ever station visit for the Cygnus spacecraft.
29 September 2013, 09:45 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a new Falcon 9 rocket from California today (Sept. 29) and you can watch the liftoff live online. Liftoff is targeted for 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT/9 a.m. PDT). Here's how to watch.
29 September 2013, 09:25 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
29 September 2013, 07:51 AM ET
The Orbital Sciences' vehicle was captured by the International Space Station's robotic arm on September 29th, 2013.
29 September 2013, 04:00 AM ET
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28 September 2013, 12:22 PM ET
From a stunning view of the Milky way to the harvest moon, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
28 September 2013, 11:06 AM ET
From a supersonic shockwave to the glowing harvest moon, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Sept. 28, 2013.
27 September 2013, 03:11 PM ET
A new space-weather satellite could help better protect Earth's infrastructure from damaging solar storms, officials from the Canadian Space Agency say.
27 September 2013, 02:27 PM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is expected to be grabbed by the orbiting lab's huge robotic arm at 7:15 a.m. EDT Sunday, with docking operations starting two hours later. You can watch the action live here at SPACE.com, beginning at 4:30 a.m. EDT.
23 September 2013, 11:40 AM ET
A private robotic ship bound for the International Space Station is going to have to wait it out in space until at least Saturday (Sept. 28) before delivering its cargo to the orbiting laboratory.
22 September 2013, 05:47 AM ET
A new robotic commercial cargo ship for the International Space Station skipped its first attempt to link up with the orbiting lab Sunday (Sept. 22) due to a rendezvous glitch that delayed its arrival for 48 hours, NASA officials say
21 September 2013, 09:25 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
21 September 2013, 10:21 AM ET
From Venus and the moon crashing a wedding photo to the milky way over an ancient temple, don't miss these stunning night sky and space from the last week.
21 September 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Orbital Sciences has contracted with NASA to make supply runs to the International Space Station.
20 September 2013, 06:58 PM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is expected to be grappled by astronauts using the orbiting outpost's huge robotic arm at 7:25 a.m. EDT Sunday. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will be secured to its docking port beginning at 9:15 a.m. EDT.
20 September 2013, 06:04 PM ET
The private space company test fired the engines on upgraded Falcon 9 (v.1.1) on September 19th, 2013. The target launch window for the rocket opens on September 29th.
19 September 2013, 04:39 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have several chances to spot the new private Cygnus spacecraft as it chases the International Space Station across the pre-dawn sky. Weather permitting, it will be possible to see both spac
18 September 2013, 03:54 PM ET
The mighty roar of a commercial rocket launching a brand-new private cargo ship on a stunning debut test flight from Virginia's Eastern shore today (Sept. 18) has NASA overjoyed and the spaceship's builder beaming with pride.
18 September 2013, 11:12 AM ET
An Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket carrying the re-supply spacecraft launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, 2013. This marks the second private company to launch a spacecraft to the International Space Station.