Private Spaceflight Archive
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.
09 December 2014, 06:01 PM ET
A privately built robotic cargo spaceship has a new ride to the International Space Station. In the wake of October's Antares rocket explosion, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft will next launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
During a Dec. 16 launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth in a controlled landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Mars One has selected 10 finalists from dozens of proposed payloads submitted by university groups around the world. One of these experiments will be chosen to fly on Mars One's robotic lander mission in 2018 — and the public will pick the winner.
02 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is planning to launch a test mission for its newest space capsule designed to eventually bring humans deeper into space than ever before Thursday (Dec. 4), but the bold test doesn't come without risks.
01 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2014.
23 November 2014, 01:45 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 November 2014, 12:48 PM ET
From iages of 3-D forests to a geologic map of Vesta, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Nov. 23, 2014.
21 November 2014, 10:26 AM ET
NASA announced Nov. 14 that it has extended its unfunded agreement with Blue Origin to support that company’s effort to develop a commercial crew spacecraft.
20 November 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A NASA astronaut about to fly to the International Space Station on a Russian spaceship hopes his next space mission will start in a seat aboard a commercial spacecraft.
19 November 2014, 10:49 AM ET
The newly announced Lunar Mission One plans to drill at least 65 feet underground at the moon's south pole in 2024, collecting samples that should shed light on the early days of the Earth and moon.