Space Tourism: The Latest News, Features and Photos

Learn the latest news about space tourism and space tourist trips into outer space. SPACE.com looks at the growing business of space tourism.
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Virgin Galactic Will Fly Rocket-Powered SpaceShipTwo Test Flights Soon
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on Oct. 7, 2014
October 17th, 2014
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.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Aces Glide Test Flight
SpaceShipTwo Lands After Glide Flight, Oct. 7, 2014
October 8th, 2014
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.
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Virgin Galactic 'On the Verge' of Private Space Launches, Richard Branson Says
Virgin Galactic's first private SpaceShipTwo spaceliner launches on a supersonic powered flight test on Jan. 10, 2014. The company aims to fly six passengers and two pilots to suborbital space and back for $250,000 per ticket.
October 5th, 2014
One decade after a huge milestone in commercial spaceflight, Sir Richard Branson thinks his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic's spaceship, is "on the verge" of another breakthrough in the industry.
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Sierra Nevada Files Suit To Reinstate Hold on NASA Commercial Crew Contracts
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser
October 16th, 2014
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.
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Private Inflatable Room Launching to Space Station Next Year
Artist's Interpretation of Bigelow Expandable Activity Module
October 6th, 2014
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.
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How SpaceShipOne and X Prize Launched Commercial Spaceflight 10 Years Ago
Pilot Brian Binnie stands atop SpaceShipOne, which won the $10 million Ansari X Prize by reaching space twice within the span of two weeks in 2004.
October 3rd, 2014
On Oct. 4, 2004, the privately funded SpaceShipOne reached outer space for the second time in less than a week, winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the team that built the craft and giving a nascent industry a huge shot in the arm.
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Making History with SpaceShipOne: Pilot Brian Binnie Recalls Historic Flight
Brian Binnie with flag, x prize, spaceshipone
October 2nd, 2014
On Oct. 4, 2004, private test pilot Brian Binnie launched into space at the controls of SpaceShipOne, making commercial spaceflight history. See how Binnie piloted SpaceShipOne to help his team win the $10 million Ansari XPrize.
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NASA Resumes Work on Private Space Taxi Contracts
NASA commercial crew program
October 10th, 2014
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.
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Private Dream Chaser Space Plane May Launch from Giant Aircraft
Stratolaunch and Sierra Nevada Corp. Launch System
October 6th, 2014
Stratolaunch's huge rocket-launching plane could be launching Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser space plane into orbit a few years from now.
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