Private Spaceflight Archive
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, 08:00 AM ET
Russia launched an unmanned Progress cargo ship to the space station early Wednesday at 3:09 a.m. EDT (0709 GMT). Watch the Progress dock at the space station here.
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.
16 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft was scheduled to launch on a cargo run to the station on Oct. 24. But that liftoff has been delayed until at least Oct. 27, because Hurricane Gonzalo could affect a tracking station for Cygnus' Antares rocket.
15 October 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Two NASA astronauts working outside the International Space Station raced against the clock during a spacewalk today (Oct. 15).
13 October 2014, 05:46 PM ET
The first meeting of 'The Astronaut Wives Club' — the made-for-TV-version, that is — has convened in New Orleans. Filming has begun on the 10-episode ABC series, which tells the real story of the women who stood beside the United States' first spacemen.
10 October 2014, 01:03 PM ET
NASA announced Oct. 9 that it has lifted an order that halted work on commercial crew contracts awarded last month to Boeing and SpaceX, saying that delaying work during an ongoing contract protest could jeopardize the operation of the ISS.
08 October 2014, 12:00 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo completed an unpowered "glide flight" from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport Tuesday. The vehicle rotated its tail and wings upward during the test, "feathering" them as it would to during the descent phase of a suborbital spaceflight.
06 October 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is expected to head to the orbiting lab inside SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. The BEAM mission will test out expandable-habitat technology, NASA officials have said.
06 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Stratolaunch's huge rocket-launching plane could be launching Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser space plane into orbit a few years from now.