Private Spaceflight Archive
28 July 2015, 04:00 PM ET
The fatal breakup and crash of Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo space plane last year was caused by a co-pilot error, as well as the failure of the spacecraft's builders to anticipate such a catastrophic mistake, federal safety investigators say.
28 July 2015, 02:52 PM ET
The pilots hired to fly SpaceShipTwo have extensive flight and spaceflight experience.
28 July 2015, 02:30 PM ET
The founder of Virgin Group gives a statement in regards to the report. The NTSB found that the co-pilot triggered the failure.
27 July 2015, 03:30 PM ET
The dream of returning humans to the moon could become a reality for the relatively low price of $10 billion, as long as NASA is willing to buy from private spaceflight companies, a new report shows.
22 July 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Prior to the June 28 Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX had enjoyed 20 straight successful launches over a seven-year stretch. That track record perhaps made the company a bit complacent, Musk told reporters Monday (July 20).
20 July 2015, 03:53 PM ET
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said today (July 20) that the June 28 failure of its Falcon 9 rocket was likely caused by a faulty steel strut on the upper stage, which broke during ascent, leading to the destruction of the rocket and Dragon capsule.
19 July 2015, 03:19 AM ET
Gorgeous views of Pluto and its ice mountains, its largest moon Charon to the release of Plutos USPS stamp, don't miss these amazing space images.
17 July 2015, 12:30 PM ET
Planetary Resources has launched its first spacebound test of asteroid mining technology on July 16, beginning a 90-day mission to test vital technologies.
12 July 2015, 02:47 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe captured amazing images of Pluto, scientists revealed details about a proposed superpowerful space telescope and NASA announced its first four commercial-crew astronauts. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
11 July 2015, 01:16 AM ET
From gorgeous views of Pluto and its largest moon Charon to an amazing shot of the International Space Station crossing the moon's face, don't miss these amazing space images.
10 July 2015, 06:30 PM ET
The Falcon 9 exploded less than 3 minutes after blasting off on June 28, scuttling SpaceX's seventh contracted resupply flight to the orbiting lab for NASA. The consequences of the mishap will probably be substantial for the company, Musk said.
10 July 2015, 04:01 AM ET
A pre-dawn celestial pageant well worth getting up early to see will take place Sunday morning (July 12), with a lovely crescent moon in close proximity to one of the most beautiful star clusters.
09 July 2015, 12:18 PM ET
NASA has named its first commercial crew 'cadre' — the four astronauts who will train to fly aboard the first test flights of Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The space agency assigned Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley and Sunita Williams
08 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
In anticipation of the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you find Pluto in the night sky (with the assistance of a high power telescope).
07 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Interstellar travel could be humanity's greatest challenge — or humanity's greatest mistake. A Q&A with author Kim Stanley Robinson on his new novel, "Aurora," explores the feasibility of interstellar travel, artificial intelligences, and storytelling.
02 July 2015, 12:20 PM ET
The Houston airport where astronauts have departed on training flights for more than 50 years is now host to the United States' 10th commercial spaceport. Ellington Airport was granted a launch site license by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
02 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
After "sleeping" for 26 years, a black hole's activity lit up astronomical observatories on June 15,and it's still going on today.
01 July 2015, 11:05 AM ET
While NASA has stated it will rebound from the loss of ISS cargo, space analysts contacted by Space.com have flagged a number of wait-and-see ripple effects stemming from the accident.
01 July 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2015.
29 June 2015, 04:23 PM ET
The June 28 failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is almost certain to deal a blow to the revenue projections of numerous SpaceX commercial customers that had been basing their results on being in orbit this year or early in 2016.
29 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
If Sunday's rocket mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the manned "Dragon V2" capsule, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said.
29 June 2015, 12:35 PM ET
The SpaceX CRS-7 cargo transport to the ISS failed on June 28th, 2015. The rocket stack broke apart shortly after reaching maximum dynamic pressure (Max Q).
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket during a cargo launch Sunday shouldn't have a big impact on the company's ability to fly astronauts to orbit and back a few years from now, NASA officials said.
28 June 2015, 04:03 PM ET
The three crewmembers currently aboard the International Space Station are in no danger of running out of crucial supplies despite today's failure of a SpaceX cargo mission to the orbiting lab, NASA officials said.
28 June 2015, 11:38 AM ET
An exoplanet apparently possesses a huge cometlike tail, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped amazing images of Pluto and a solar storm supercharged northern lights displays. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
28 June 2015, 10:55 AM ET
From the best-ever looks at Pluto and its largest moon Charon to gorgeous views of a supercharged northern lights display, don't miss these amazing space images.
28 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
An unmanned SpaceX cargo mission crashed back to Earth today (June 28), marking the third failure of a resupply flight to the International Space Station in the past eight months. SpaceX and NASA officials still aren't sure exactly what happened.
28 June 2015, 03:15 AM ET
On June 28, 2015, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched its seventh unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. The mission failed shortly after liftoff.
26 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The daring maneuver will take place during the launch of SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. EDT Sunday (June 28), and you can watch live here at Space.com.
25 June 2015, 05:32 PM ET
A previously unreleased company video shows how challenging landing a Falcon 9 on a robot barge at sea can be. Many autonomous systems must act in concert and all must get their parts perfect.
23 June 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov will fly to the International Space Station in the fall, filling the seat earlier reserved for British soprano Sarah Brightman. Brightman's backup Satoshi Takamatsu will wait for a later flight.
22 June 2015, 06:15 PM ET
A video released last week by the private spaceflight company Blue Origin featuring a former NASA astronaut offers a tantalizing look at the private space trips the company plans to offer.
22 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Steely-nerved test pilots were the first men in space, but that isn't what you always want on a longer trip. During the recent World Science Festival last month, astronauts and doctors talked about how astronaut culture has changed over the years.
21 June 2015, 11:44 AM ET
From a breathtaking view of Saturn's Dione to the 'Spit of Satan,' check out these amazing space images.
21 June 2015, 11:33 AM ET
Crashed comet lander Philae phones home. A dead satellite falls to Earth. Mars shows both methane-laced meteorites and a possibly icy past, and the moon's dust gets a source in the best of this week's space news.
19 June 2015, 11:19 AM ET
Former NASA astronauts Jeff Ashby and Nicholas Patrick explain the experience amongst stunning imagery of the flight of the Blue Origin Rocket.