Private Spaceflight Archive
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.
06 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
A tiny, self-contained greenhouse has been selected to fly on the robotic lander that Red Planet colonization effort Mars One intends to launch in 2018, group representatives announced today (Jan. 5).
06 January 2015, 06:23 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX aborted the planned launch of a Dragon cargo ship on Tuesday (Jan. 6) due to an actuator issue on the craft's Falcon 9 rocket. The next launch try is slated for Friday, Jan. 9.
05 January 2015, 07:45 PM ET
In a first for space flight, SpaceX will attempt to fly its Falcon 9 booster rocket to a safe landing aboard an offshore platform.
05 January 2015, 07:29 PM ET
SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a precision landing on a floating platform Tuesday morning. But there's no guarantee the ambitious maneuver will work.
05 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX will try to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean, shortly after the booster launches SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:18 a.m. EST Tuesday.
03 January 2015, 09:30 AM ET
The private space travel company Virgin Galactic is more committed than ever to its commercial spaceliner business as it recovers from a tragic SpaceShipTwo crash that killed one test pilot and injured another last year, company founder Sir Richard Branso
02 January 2015, 01:23 PM ET
See amazing, and sometimes hilarious, photos of fun in weightlessness in these zero gravity photos on airplanes and spacecraft.
01 January 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in December 2014.
31 December 2014, 01:50 PM ET
The vast majority of people who want to fly to suborbital space and back are medically fit to do so, according to researchers at Virgin Galactic, which is developing the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo.
29 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
What can space fans look forward to next year? Closely watched spacecraft are expected to start pumping out science, while private spaceflight companies have a number of launches on the books for 2015.
24 December 2014, 11:42 AM ET
The fatal crash of a SpaceShipTwo space plane earlier this year sent shockwaves through the world of private space travel, but suborbital spaceship's builder Virgin Galactic is making strides to learn from the tragic accident and move forward.
23 December 2014, 01:40 PM ET
Technicians successfully attached a key structure called a "carry-through spar" to the body of XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane just before Thanksgiving, at a hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, company officials announced.
23 December 2014, 06:40 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Boeing is on its way toward launching astronauts to space for NASA by 2017.
22 December 2014, 12:50 PM ET
From accidents to soaring daredevils and space capsules, 2014 was a big year in spaceflight.
19 December 2014, 05:22 PM ET
NASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month — is back in Florida after more than a week in transit.
19 December 2014, 05:01 PM ET
On Oct. 31, 2014, the space tourism company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious accident during a SpaceShipTwo test flight, resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. One pilot died in the crash, while another suffered injuries. See our full coverage.
19 December 2014, 04:31 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying a mission to the International Space Station until early 2015.SpaceX is now expected to launch its fifth official mission to the orbiting outpost under a contract with NASA on Jan. 6.
19 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
World View has just released new footage from a recent unmanned flight, offering a glimpse at the vistas future customers might experience during a sunrise voyage.
19 December 2014, 12:02 PM ET
An ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million.
18 December 2014, 08:16 AM ET
Excerpt from the book "New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond."
18 December 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Private spaceflight will succeed, if history is any guide.
13 December 2014, 12:16 PM ET
From what looks like a freshly baked pie on Mars to a great shot of Dwarf Planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 13, 2014.
12 December 2014, 03:20 PM ET
NASA will receive $18 billion for 2015, more than a half a billion dollars above the Obama administration’s original request, under the terms of an omnibus spending bill released late Dec. 9.
12 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
If all goes according to plan, Dragon will blast off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:20 p.m. EST (1820 GMT) on Dec. 19 and arrive at the orbiting lab two days later.
11 December 2014, 02:31 PM ET
What would you send to the moon? A precious family heirloom? A lock of hair? For a price, you could send a small object of your choosing to the lunar surface.