Private Spaceflight Archive
28 October 2015, 07:26 AM ET
World View Enterprises, which aims to loft paying customers to the stratosphere beneath a giant balloon, launched an uncrewed test flight Saturday, sending a 10-percent-scale version of its passenger capsule to an altitude of 100,475 feet.
27 October 2015, 07:59 AM ET
Three serious accidents over the past 12 months have slowed the progress of commercial spaceflight, but the industry is far from grounded.
25 October 2015, 12:42 PM ET
From stunning Earth's horizon as seen from the ISS to a glittering Milky Way, don't miss these amazing space images.
21 October 2015, 11:53 AM ET
Today, the White House is marking “Back to the Future Day” with a series of conversations with innovators across the country.
20 October 2015, 01:40 PM ET
Virgin Galactic is planning to return to a rubber-like fuel when it resumes powered test flights of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle based on the results of an ongoing series of tests of the spacecraft’s hybrid rocket motor.
20 October 2015, 01:31 PM ET
President Barack Obama greeted a group of stargazers on the South Lawn, for the White House Astronomy Night on Oct. 19. The visitors included teachers, students, future scientists and astronaut-hopefuls who gathered to learn about and celebrate the scienc
19 October 2015, 05:41 PM ET
SpaceX on Oct. 16 said it had changed its return-to-flight plans and would first launch 11 small Orbcomm messaging satellites into low Earth orbit, and then test reignition of the redesigned second-stage engine during the same flight.
17 October 2015, 02:59 PM ET
From the best-ever views of the Saturn moon Enceladus' north pole to a stunning shot of a giant "hole" on the sun, don't miss these amazing space images.
14 October 2015, 01:13 PM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spent a decade studying Saturn and its family of moons. With the mission set to end in 2017, the probe has been busy gathering as much data as possible. But starting today (Oct. 14), Cassini begins to wrap up its time at Satu
12 October 2015, 04:00 PM ET
The company expects to complete its final report on the June 28 failure within a month, but does not yet have a firm timetable for resuming flights.
09 October 2015, 07:40 AM ET
Following a devastating loss of vehicle last year, Orbital ATK is preparing to send cargo to the International Space Station as early as December, and launch a new Antares rocket in 2016.
08 October 2015, 12:01 PM ET
The Dream Chaser space plane, which would continue the legacy of NASA's shuttle program, is getting ready for a second stage of flight testing.
08 October 2015, 10:09 AM ET
Leaders of the private spaceflight industry gathered in New Mexico to discuss pressing issues, including the fate of the International Space Station.
07 October 2015, 12:12 PM ET
Jeff Bezos' private spaceflight company Blue Origin is known for its secrecy, but both the company and Bezos may be crafting a more public image.
07 October 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A team from Israel called SpaceIL has signed a contract to launch its robotic lunar lander toward the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2017. SpaceIL is therefore a strong contender to win the Google Lunar X Prize.
06 October 2015, 10:50 AM ET
“The Martian” makes being stranded on the cold red planet seem almost romantic. But what are your real survival odds? XPRIZE Founder and CEO Peter Diamandis reasons out his personal choice in this inaugural episode of #AskPeter.
06 October 2015, 10:24 AM ET
Blue Origin said Sept. 30 that it has completed more than 100 developmental tests of its BE-4 engine, which the company is building both for ULA and itself.
06 October 2015, 10:10 AM ET
Virgin Galactic announced Sept. 28 it has made "significant progress" on the engines that it will use on its LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle.
06 October 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Arizona-based World View Enterprises aims to start launching paying customers to the stratosphere in 2017 beneath a giant balloon, for $75,000 per seat.
02 October 2015, 08:54 PM ET
From the discovery of water on Mars to stunning reader images of the Supermoon eclipse, don't miss these amazing space images.
01 October 2015, 02:01 PM ET
California-based company Moon Express, which aims to fly commercial missions to the moon and help unlock its resources, has signed a five-launch deal with Rocket Lab, with the first two robotic liftoffs scheduled to take place in 2017.
01 October 2015, 01:16 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2015.
01 October 2015, 09:09 AM ET
The Moonspike Kickstarter campaign launched today (Oct. 1) to raise $1 million to send a titanium payload crashing into the lunar surface to kick up a plume observable from orbit, its backers say.
29 September 2015, 05:44 PM ET
A former Ansari X Prize competitor plans to carry out tests of high-altitude drones and suborbital rockets at New Mexico’s Spaceport America.
29 September 2015, 01:50 PM ET
The twitter account for the upcoming movie "The Martian," due out this Friday (Oct. 2) released a very special video following NASA's announcement of liquid finding water on the surface of Mars.
20 September 2015, 04:37 PM ET
Jeff Bezos announced a new home for Blue Origin and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly reflected on having six more months in orbit. This is our roundup of the best space stories of the week, for Sept. 18, 2015.
18 September 2015, 11:06 PM ET
From a partial solar eclipse to a new view of Pluto, don't miss these amazing space images.
17 September 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Private spaceflight company SpaceX released a series of gorgeous images that show its crewed Dragon capsule touching down on the Red Planet.
16 September 2015, 02:55 PM ET
Here's a brief rundown of how Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Paul Allen and Richard Branson are helping shape the exploration and exploitation of space.
15 September 2015, 04:13 PM ET
SpaceX will loft one satellite for the Spanish company Hispasat on its Falcon 9 rocket and launch Saudi Arabia's Arabsat 6A spacecraft on a Falcon Heavy. The launches will take place from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in late 2017 or 2018.
15 September 2015, 03:26 PM ET founder Jeff Bezos leads Blue Origin, a commercial aerospace firm that hopes to send people on suborbital and orbital space trips.
15 September 2015, 10:38 AM ET
On September 15th, 2015, Amazon / Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos announced intentions to revitalize Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 36, site of the Mariner, Surveyor, Pioneer and other launches.