Private Spaceflight Archive
29 May 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. completed qualification tests of the SuperDraco thruster that will power the launch abort system on the crewed version of the Dragon space capsule the company is developing with financial aid from NASA.
29 May 2014, 06:11 AM ET
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will unveil the first manned Dragon spacecraft Thursday night (May 29) at 7 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. EDT (0200 May 30) in a live event at the company's Hawthorne, California rocket factory. Here's how to watch it live.
28 May 2014, 11:12 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. has delayed the launch of its second robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station to fully investigate a malfunction that caused the failure of a rocket engine on a launch pad.
28 May 2014, 08:21 AM ET
A new project — called the Moonhouse — asks space fans around the world to contribute money to a crowdfunding effort that could put an art installation on the moon by 2015.
26 May 2014, 10:54 AM ET
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26 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 25, 2014.
23 May 2014, 02:34 PM ET
DiCaprio plans to fly aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle in 2015. A seat on the same flight with the actor sold for nearly $1 million Thursday (May 22) at the annual amfAR auction near Cannes, France.
23 May 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Water was discovered in the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon spacecraft that recently returned to Earth from a month-long stay at the international space station, but so far as NASA knew May 21, none of the agency’s cargo was damaged.
23 May 2014, 11:31 AM ET
An AJ-26 engine slated to power Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket on a 2015 mission to the International Space Station failed May 22 during a hot-fire test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
22 May 2014, 04:54 PM ET
Next Thursday (May 29), the company will unveil the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft, which SpaceX hopes will be ferrying people to and from the International Space Station a few short years from now.
22 May 2014, 11:34 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is building a giant rocket called the Falcon Heavy. See images of the planned Falcon Heavy heavy-lift booster in this Space.com gallery.
20 May 2014, 03:54 PM ET
Boeing and Samsung are teaming up to find new ways to incorporate mobile technology and applications into the CST-100 spacecraft, which Boeing is developing as part of NASA's commercial crew program.
19 May 2014, 02:49 PM ET
NASA has shortlisted three potential commercial partners for non-funded agreements as part of the agency's quest to land robotic spacecraft on the moon.
19 May 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire Elon Musk says his private spaceflight company SpaceX has made some progress toward a permanent colony on Mars — a long-time goal in the entrepreneur's push to help make humanity a multi-planet species.
18 May 2014, 03:08 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean today (May 18), bringing more than 1,000 lbs. of science cargo back to Earth from the International Space Station.
18 May 2014, 09:40 AM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule departed the International Space Station today, putting it on a path back to Earth after about one month attached to the orbiting outpost.
18 May 2014, 08:20 AM ET
See photos from SpaceX's third Dragon space capsule mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The mission launches April 18, 2014 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
16 May 2014, 08:46 PM ET
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16 May 2014, 08:02 PM ET
From two neutron stars merging to Jupiter's shrinking spot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2014.
16 May 2014, 07:24 PM ET
From the moon occulting Saturn to the earthgrazer meteor, don't miss these spectacular objects to watch in the night sky.
16 May 2014, 05:44 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule is scheduled to leave the International Space Station and splash down intact in the ocean on Sunday (May 18), and you can watch it live online.
15 May 2014, 05:06 PM ET
Three members of the House Science Committee have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asking him to explain the current state of the partnership in light of recent comments made by a senior Russian official.
15 May 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Spaceflight industry experts and supporters are gathering in the City of Angels this week to discuss the future of human spaceflight during a conference featuring Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX.
14 May 2014, 05:14 PM ET
The future of United States space travel will involve significant governmental cooperation with private industry, according to a panel of spaceflight experts.
14 May 2014, 12:59 PM ET
The call by one Russian official to ban Russian rocket engine use on U.S. military launches and to pull out of the International Space Station project by 2020, could have far-reaching repercussions for U.S. spaceflight if realized.
14 May 2014, 03:18 AM ET
See photos from the May 13, 2014 landing of the a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Japanese spaceflyer Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin to wrap up a 188-day space mission.
11 May 2014, 11:26 AM ET
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10 May 2014, 01:11 PM ET
From a brilliant image of the Flame Nebula to magnetic 'fingerprints' of the Milky Way, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 10, 2014.
10 May 2014, 12:47 PM ET
From a fireball blazing across the daytime sky to a stunning moonrise over Ocean City, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
09 May 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The mission, which was scheduled to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday morning, will deliver six spacecraft to low-Earth orbit for the satellite-communications provider ORBCOMM.
09 May 2014, 11:00 AM ET
A crowd-funded satellite launched to space last month might not get to perform is mission to deploy a fleet of even tinier satellites into orbit.
08 May 2014, 06:30 AM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to establish a Red Planet settlement beginning in 2025, announced Monday (May 5) that it had sliced its pool of potential colonists from 1,058 down to 705.