Private Spaceflight Archive
02 August 2013, 04:15 PM ET
Spread across 18,000 acres, Spaceport America continues to preen itself here in anticipation of booming business as the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.
31 July 2013, 02:48 PM ET
NASA's Skylab mission set the stage for today's world class orbiting science laboratory, the International Space Station. The NASA video promotes the importance and need for labs in orbit.
30 July 2013, 09:32 PM ET
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) will launch all three satellites for Canada’s planned Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) in 2018 aboard a single Falcon 9 rocket, the Hawthorne, Calif., rocket maker announced Tuesday.
30 July 2013, 01:49 PM ET
Fifty-five years ago today, a space agency was born. NASA launched into existence on July 29, 1958, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act (Pub.L. 85-568) into law. It opened for business on Oct. 1.
29 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
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26 July 2013, 02:01 PM ET
A NASA call for novel ideas on how to tackle its ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon has paid off in spades, with the agency receiving hundreds of proposals from potential partners. NASA has received more than 400 proposals
25 July 2013, 11:50 AM ET
NASA on July 19 released a draft solicitation for the fourth and final development phase of its Commercial Crew Program, which is still expected to result in a crewed space launch to the International Space Station from U.S. soil, by late 2017, according
24 July 2013, 12:02 PM ET
Two years after climbing out of the last ship to launch him into orbit, Chris Ferguson was back in a spacecraft on July 22. Ferguson, who landed the shuttle program's final mission in 2011, oversees work on Boeing's CST-100 space capsule.
24 July 2013, 10:00 AM ET
Legions of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are gathering in Silicon Valley this week to discuss the rise and impact of the commercial spaceflight industry. The annual NewSpace conference runs from Thursday through Saturday in San Jose, Calif.
23 July 2013, 12:32 PM ET
Thales Alenia Space of Italy has delivered the second of nine pressurized cargo-supply modules for the international space station to Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Wallops Island, VA, facility.
22 July 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Boeing threw open the hatch to its new commercial spacecraft, the CST-100, offering a first look inside its capsule to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. See inside Boeinig's first full-scale CST-100 model.
21 July 2013, 12:35 AM ET
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20 July 2013, 10:40 AM ET
From a engine part recovered from Apollo 11 to an experiment that burns a flame in space, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
19 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
With all the attention being given to Virgin Galactic's impressive list of future celebritynauts (Ashton! Branson! Beiber!), its spaceship's impressive capabilities for microgravity research have been largely overlooked.
19 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The private company SpaceX has been narrowing its search for a new location in which to build a commercial launch facility for industrial customers. The firm has recently focused on Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and particularly Texas.
18 July 2013, 03:19 PM ET
Can this coastal launch site drive commercial development of the Solar System’s frontiers? Gilberto Salinas, Executive VP, Brownsville Economic Development Corporation, discusses a pending SpaceX private spaceport with’s @DavidSkyBrody.
16 July 2013, 05:17 PM ET
A commercial U.S. spacecraft is set to make its first flight to the International Space Station this September, paving the way for regular resupply trips to the orbiting lab.
14 July 2013, 11:00 AM ET
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13 July 2013, 12:04 PM ET
From the Milky Way over rural Maine to a giant baby attacking a telescope, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
10 July 2013, 10:00 AM ET
Nearly two dozen museums and other locations around the U.S. (plus one in England) boast real spaceships that have carried astronauts on missions to orbit and the moon.
08 July 2013, 02:42 PM ET
A private company's prototype reusable rocket made its highest leap to date last month, soaring 100 stories into the air before landing softly back at its launch pad as planned. SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle reached a maximum altitude of 1,066 feet on June
07 July 2013, 12:19 AM ET
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05 July 2013, 10:47 PM ET
From a blue sun to fireworks over the space shuttle, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
01 July 2013, 07:11 AM ET
Space illustrator Adrian Mann created these concept images of futuristic nuclear-powered interstellar starships.
30 June 2013, 12:31 PM ET
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29 June 2013, 05:40 AM ET
NASA's space shuttle fleet has flown in space for 30 years and retires in 2011.
28 June 2013, 07:45 PM ET
From space-age jewelry to what a lunar colony could look like, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
28 June 2013, 04:38 PM ET
Suborbital space tourist flights could launch from the seaside runway.
28 June 2013, 12:18 PM ET
'I've been there before,' Aldrin said.
28 June 2013, 07:00 AM ET
PayPal Galactic's ambitious effort needs to answer many big questions right off the bat.
27 June 2013, 12:01 AM ET
Space-tourism transactions could become easier with the new PayPal Galactic.
26 June 2013, 06:00 AM ET
A permanent moon base manned by astronauts is a staple of science fiction. But how would it work in reality?