Private Spaceflight Archive
23 August 2014, 07:52 AM ET
A SpaceX F9R reusable rocket protoype exploded over McGregor, Texas, on Friday (Aug. 22) during a complicated test flight. See video of debris falling from the sky here.
22 August 2014, 04:12 PM ET
This week, aerospace firm Northrop Grumman released artwork depicting its conception of the XS-1 space plane, which it's designing under a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
22 August 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The U.S. military is developing the XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane to launch space missions faster and cheaper than ever before. See photos and images of the DARPA-led XS-1 space plane project in this Space.com gallery.
21 August 2014, 12:00 PM ET
As SpaceX gets ready to launch astronauts into space in the coming years, the California-based company is also pushing the frontier in another field: 3D printing.
20 August 2014, 04:49 PM ET
A pair of rovers – one four-wheel robot and one two-wheel robot which can rappel on a tether– will work together to survey vertical lunar features.
20 August 2014, 04:42 PM ET
“Hakuto" means “white rabbit" in Japanese whose mythology, depicts the image seen on the moon as a rabbit not as a face.
20 August 2014, 04:37 PM ET
Rough terrain is a fact of life for planetary rovers. Hakuto designs rover systems as small as possible and to utilize commercial of the shelf components. But will these choices conspire against the rover's survival?
20 August 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Hakuto is the only Japanese team participating in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to land a robot on the moon, drive that robot 500 meters and send back high-definition imagery and video.
20 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 capsule is designed to carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station. See how it works in this Space.com infographic.
18 August 2014, 03:03 PM ET
An astronaut and cosmonaut on the International Space Station captured some spectacular views of a private spaceship meeting it fiery end above Earth's surface Sunday (Aug. 17).
18 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
It's a dream older than the Space Age itself: a fully reusable rocket that can fly into space, deploy its cargo, return to Earth and then do it again rapidly, cheaply and with minimal maintenance.
16 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
An amazing new video shows a stage of the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket make a soft splashdown in the ocean after delivering six satellites to space.
15 August 2014, 10:55 AM ET
A private cargo ship loaded down with trash left the International Space Station Friday morning (Aug. 15). Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft is due to plunge into Earth's atmosphere, burning up above the Pacific Ocean on Sunday (Aug. 17).
07 August 2014, 04:15 PM ET
The first test will take place in November on the launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the second will be an in-flight trial originating from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Space News reported today (Aug. 7).
07 August 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Texas is offering the private space company SpaceX more than $15 million in incentives to build a new launch facility at the southernmost tip of the Lone Star State.
06 August 2014, 09:05 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's commercial SpaceShipTwo will soon launch onto — and, in at least one example, out of — the pages of seven books thanks to a partnership between the private spaceflight company and DK, a publisher of illustrated reference books.
06 August 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Like a large jet airplane, Reaction Engines’ SKYLON will place a Personnel and Logistics Module in its payload bay, capable of carrying 8 astronauts and their gear to Low Earth Orbiting stations, factories, hotels or other facilities.
06 August 2014, 04:19 PM ET
The airframe of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane, which is designed to carry astronauts into space, was revealed on Aug. 1. The structure will be used in Dream Chaser's first orbital test launch, which is scheduled for November 2016.
06 August 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Reaction Engines, a private UK company, is developing the SABRE air-breathing rocket engine, which, it claims, can power an airplane-like vehicle named SKYLON to perform varied space missions for private industry, science, tourism and exploration.
06 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane industry by 2030, according to a new timetable.
05 August 2014, 06:00 PM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four settlers on the Red Planet in 2025, has launched a new project called 'Mars Exchange' to help answer questions and spur discussion about the group's ambitious plans.
05 August 2014, 04:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies launched AsiaSat 8 on a Falcon 9 rocket (9 Merlin 1D engines = 1.3Mlbs. thrust) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:00am EDT on 5 August 2014. No test of recoverable-reusable booster was planned.
05 August 2014, 04:10 AM ET
The company's Falcon 9 rocket, which was carrying the AsiaSat 8 spacecraft, lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force station at 4:00 a.m. EDT, tracing an arc of orange flame across the dark southeastern skies.
04 August 2014, 06:05 PM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the AsiaSat 8 satellite at 1:25 a.m. EDT (1525 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can watch the liftoff live here at Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX.
02 August 2014, 10:43 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
02 August 2014, 03:02 PM ET
From weird orbits of alien planets to a gecko-filled space capsule, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 2, 2014.
01 August 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in July 2014.
28 July 2014, 01:29 PM ET
Arizona-based World View, which aims to loft passengers to the stratosphere by late 2016, will start launching research and education payloads on its unmanned test flights later this year, company officials said.
25 July 2014, 04:36 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
25 July 2014, 04:04 PM ET
From a look again at the first footprints on the moon to the ISS view of Gaza, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 26, 2014.
24 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." That sentence, uttered by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong from the surface of the moon 45 years ago, signaled the dawn of a new age.
23 July 2014, 07:24 AM ET
In the four decades since Apollo, no humans have landed on the moon. While NASA has no concrete plans to send astronauts back, other nations are talking about going there.