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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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Northrop Grumman Unveils Concept for XS-1 Military Space Plane (Image)
Northrop Grumman's XS-1 Space Plane Design
August 22nd, 2014
This week, aerospace firm Northrop Grumman released artwork depicting its conception of the XS-1 space plane, which it's designing under a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
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SpaceX Taking 3D Printing to the Final Frontier
SpaceX Tests 3D-Printed Engine Part
August 21st, 2014
As SpaceX gets ready to launch astronauts into space in the coming years, the California-based company is also pushing the frontier in another field: 3D printing.
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Wanted: Unmanned Space Plane to Fly On the Cheap
XS-1 Space Plane Launch Concept 2
August 18th, 2014
It's a dream older than the Space Age itself: a fully reusable rocket that can fly into space, deploy its cargo, return to Earth and then do it again rapidly, cheaply and with minimal maintenance.
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SpaceX Sets Dates for Launch Escape Tests on Dragon Spaceship
SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 spaceship is designed to be reusable. Image released May 29, 2014.
August 7th, 2014
The first test will take place in November on the launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the second will be an in-flight trial originating from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Space News reported today (Aug. 7).
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UK to Launch Commercial Spaceport by 2018
U.K. Spaceport Concept Art
August 6th, 2014
The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane industry by 2030, according to a new timetable.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Takes Ice Bucket Challenge
Elon Musk gets water dumped on his head
August 19th, 2014
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind the private rocket company SpaceX, has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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Amazing SpaceX Video Shows Reusable Rocket Test as Seen from Airplane
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket's Boost Stage
August 16th, 2014
An amazing new video shows a stage of the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket make a soft splashdown in the ocean after delivering six satellites to space.
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Texas Offers SpaceX $15 Million in Incentives to Build Private Spaceport
Falcon 9 launch
August 7th, 2014
Texas is offering the private space company SpaceX more than $15 million in incentives to build a new launch facility at the southernmost tip of the Lone Star State.
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