Private Spaceflight Archive
31 October 2014, 06:36 PM ET
The commercial SpaceShipTwo spacecraft built by Virgin Galactic crashed in Mojave, California Friday (Oct. 31) during a failed test flight that killed one pilot and injured another. See the latest news here.
31 October 2014, 03:06 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft, experienced an 'anomaly' during its fourth rocket-powered test flight on Friday, Oct. 31. See the latest details here.
31 October 2014, 01:20 PM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. is starting to piece together the timeline of events leading up to the explosion of its Antares rocket just after launch on Tuesday evening (Oct. 28).
30 October 2014, 11:36 AM ET
NASA and the private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. have started surveying the damage left behind after a rocket explosion on Tuesday evening (Oct. 28).
30 October 2014, 07:12 AM ET
When a private Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences exploded during launch on Oct. 28, spectators around the launch site, and even in the air, caught the sight on video. See their amazing, and sometimes scary, views here.
30 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Antares' first stage uses two AJ26 engines, which are refurbished variants of the NK-33 built by the Soviet Union for its ill-fated N-1 moon rocket during the height of the space race.
29 October 2014, 11:18 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station watched as a private rocket carrying supplies for the orbiting outpost exploded just after launch.
29 October 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planetary Resources' Arkyd 3 technology demonstator was aboard the Cygnus cargo craft destroyed by Tuesday's rocket explosion.
29 October 2014, 04:44 PM ET
When a private rocket exploded just after launch Tuesday (Oct. 28), science experiments developed by students, professional researchers and private companies went up in smoke.
29 October 2014, 03:37 PM ET
What caused Orbital Sciences’ private Antares rocket to explode on Oct. 28, 2014? Here’s our complete coverage of NASA’s investigation and findings.
29 October 2014, 11:15 AM ET
On Oct. 28, 2014, an Orbital Sciences-built Antares rocket exploded during liftoff during a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. See photos from the stunning rocket launch failure here.
29 October 2014, 10:10 AM ET
An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship successfully docked to the International Space Station this morning (Oct. 29), only a day after a private rocket in the United States exploded after attempting to launch on another resupply run to the orbiting outpost.
29 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The rocket exploded in a massive fireball just seconds after blasting off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday evening, scattering debris over a wide area. This debris should not be touched, NASA officials said.
29 October 2014, 03:20 AM ET
A Russian-built unmanned Progress cargo ship launched toward the International Space Station on Wednesday (Oct. 29) carrying fresh supplies. The launch comes a day after a private U.S. rocket exploded while attempting a similar mission.
29 October 2014, 01:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. is launching an investigation into the explosion of its Antares rocket just after liftoff tonight (Oct. 28).
28 October 2014, 06:43 PM ET
An unmanned Antares rocket built by the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded in a massive fireball just after launch on Tuesday (Oct. 28), a shocking failure after an otherwise smooth launch countdown.
28 October 2014, 04:46 PM ET
A private spacecraft expected to launch to the International Space Station today (Oct. 28) is going to deliver some tasty treats to the astronauts living aboard the orbiting outpost.
28 October 2014, 11:22 AM ET
The nighttime launch of a private spaceship bound for the International Space Station was canceled yesterday (Oct. 27) all because of a wayward sailboat. But the rocket will make another liftoff attempt tonight from the eastern coast of Virginia.
28 October 2014, 07:11 AM ET
On Monday, Oct. 27, a private Antares rocket built by the commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences will launch the Orb-3 cargo mission for NASA to the International Space Station. Here's how to see it in the sky from the U.S. East Coast.
27 October 2014, 06:54 PM ET
It seemed like the perfect setup: a clear night sky, a towering rocket poised for its first night launch, and spectators up and down the U.S. East Coast hoping to see something special - a private rocket streaking into space. But a boat thwarted it all.
27 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is planning to bring a rocket back from space and land it on a giant, floating platform in the middle of the ocean, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said today (Oct. 23).
27 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station is ready to launch from the Eastern Shore of Virginia tonight (Oct. 27), and you can watch it live.
26 October 2014, 04:39 PM ET
The company Orbital Sciences will make its first nighttime launch of an Antares rocket on Monday evening (Oct. 27), and it will be visible from the U.S. East Coast. Here's when and where to look to see the amazing launch.
25 October 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A private SpaceX Dragon capsule dropped into the Pacific Ocean today (Oct. 25), returning almost 2 tons of cargo and science experiments to Earth from the International Space Station.
24 October 2014, 04:30 PM ET
In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
24 October 2014, 03:36 PM ET
On Oct. 24, 2014, skydiver Alan Eustace set a new record for the highest near-space jump from the stratosphere as part of a feat performed with the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team and the Paragon Space Development Corporation. See photos and video.
24 October 2014, 03:12 PM ET
A private spacesuit company and an astronaut-training organization are teaming up to give private astronauts on simulated spacewalks a more spacelike experience.
22 October 2014, 04:40 PM ET
Company executives and government officials at a commercial space conference expressed a mixture of optimism and impatience.
22 October 2014, 02:46 PM ET
From spy satellites and missile defense to robot space planes and orbital platforms, get the latest news and views on military space technology.
17 October 2014, 04:27 PM ET
The private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will soon begin a new round of rocket-powered test flights of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo to prepare for eventual passenger flights to space.
16 October 2014, 03:45 PM ET
Sierra Nevada Corp. filed suit in federal court Oct. 15, seeking to overturn a NASA decision to lift a stop-work order on contracts it awarded to Boeing and SpaceX.