Private Spaceflight Archive
07 February 2015, 02:22 PM ET
When SpaceX launches a long-delayed satellite on Sunday, the company hopes to do the amazing: return a rocket to Earth and land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
06 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
All seven crewmembers, who will spend two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station near the Utah town of Hanksville, are astronaut candidates for Mars One's Red Planet colonization effort.
04 February 2015, 12:18 PM ET
The FAA’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has given thumbs-up regarding private sector operations on the Moon.
04 February 2015, 07:20 AM ET
SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that the company's spaceport drone ships will be called "Just Read the Instructions" and "Of Course I Still Love You," after spaceships in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.
03 February 2015, 02:45 PM ET
SpaceX will soon ship a Dragon test vehicle to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where the spaceship will undergo a critical "pad abort" trial to show how Dragon might respond if a problem were to occur during launch.
02 February 2015, 04:20 PM ET
The White House is requesting a $500 million boost for the NASA budget in 2016, potentially propelling the space agency on its way toward sending humans to Mars in the future, the agency's chief said Monday.
01 February 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in January 2015.
30 January 2015, 04:32 PM ET
The Dragon spacecraft first reached the International Space Station in 2012.
30 January 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Two American spaceflight companies are quietly competing in a space race for the new era. SpaceX and Boeing are vying to become the first private firms to fly astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA sometime in 2017.
28 January 2015, 04:40 PM ET
On Jan. 22, operators on the ground used two robotic arms to install NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument on the exterior of the International Space Station.
28 January 2015, 01:23 PM ET
An amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket.
26 January 2015, 05:07 PM ET
The private spaceflight companies Boeing and SpaceX are on track to start launching NASA astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, representatives of both firms say.
23 January 2015, 10:26 AM ET
Planet Labs has raised $95 million from investors in its latest round of financing. The company designs and builds sharp-eyed Earth-observation satellites that are just 12 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
23 January 2015, 07:29 AM ET
Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
21 January 2015, 07:50 AM ET
Virgin Galactic remains committed to getting SpaceShipTwo up and running, and the second vehicle may be ready to go soon.
20 January 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Google and Fidelity now together own about 10 percent of SpaceX, which is run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. The money could help SpaceX get its bold new satellite program off the ground.
20 January 2015, 03:00 PM ET
WorldVu Satellites has secured Qualcomm and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group as investors in the OneWeb satellite Internet constellation.
20 January 2015, 09:33 AM ET
A list of the upcoming rocket launches around the world.
14 January 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Crewmembers on the International Space Station have now been allowed into the U.S. segment of the orbiting outpost, after a false alarm caused astronauts to evacuate that part of the station early Wednesday (Jan. 14).
12 January 2015, 02:53 PM ET
Engineers with the private spaceflight company SpaceX are still trying to piece together what went wrong with a reusable rocket test Saturday, but the company's founder Elon Musk thinks there's a better chance of succeeding during a future test.
12 January 2015, 08:10 AM ET
NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, commander of the station's current Expedition 42, grappled Dragon using the orbiting outpost's huge robotic arm at 6:12 a.m. EST (1112 GMT) on Monday (Jan. 12).
10 January 2015, 08:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company also aimed to bring the Falcon 9's first stage down on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
10 January 2015, 06:02 AM ET
SpaceX will attempt the first-ever ocean platform landing of reusable rocket stage during the Jan. 6, 2015 launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship. See photos from the mission here.
09 January 2015, 02:52 PM ET
SpaceX is set to launch its Dragon spacecraft in the wee hours of Saturday, Jan. 10, and the predawn Falcon 9 rocket liftoff just might be visible to early-bird skywatchers long the U.S. East Coast. Here's how to see it.
09 January 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire space entrepreneur Elon Musk of SpaceX says he will unveil his plan for a Mars Colonial Transport, spacesuits and more by the end of 2015. Get a glimpse of what Musk envisions for the Red Planet.
09 January 2015, 10:44 AM ET
NASA's CATS instrument — which is set to launch toward the orbiting lab early Saturday aboard SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule — will track clouds and tiny particles of dust, smoke and pollution in Earth's atmosphere that influence climate.
09 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the company's unmanned Dragon capsule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday; forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of good weather.
08 January 2015, 07:05 AM ET
Sierra Nevada Corporation, which is building Dream Chaser, recently checked off a propulsion-system milestone laid out in the company's last commercial-crew contract with NASA, which was signed in 2012.
07 January 2015, 05:11 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule are now scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday. You can watch the launch live here on Space.com, beginning at 3:30 a.m. EST.
07 January 2015, 11:47 AM ET
The GAO rejected a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp. of commercial crew development contracts NASA awarded in September to two other companies.
07 January 2015, 11:23 AM ET
SpaceX has passed NASA's "certification baseline review," which required the California-based company to outline exactly how it plans to ferry crews to and from the orbiting lab using Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket.
07 January 2015, 01:50 AM ET
Space popularity is on the rise.