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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NASA Nears Choice on Private Space Taxis for Astronauts
The Dream Chaser space plane designed by Sierra Nevada Space Systems is one of several private space taxis NASA is considering to launch American astronauts on round trips to the International Space Station. A decision is expected in late August or early
August 27th, 2014
The space agency is about to give out its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, the last in a series of awards and agreements NASA began putting in place in 2010 to encourage the development of private American astronaut taxis.
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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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Suit Up! Final Frontier Design Launches Space Suit Experience in NYC
Kramer in Final Frontier Design's Third Generation Spacesuit.
August 29th, 2014
Space fans can get a taste of life in space without ever leaving Earth thanks to new venture from a private spacesuit manufacturer.
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SpaceX Delays Commercial Satellite Launch Over Reusable Rocket Mishap
AsiaSat 6 Satellite Encapsulated
August 27th, 2014
SpaceX scrubbed the planned early Wednesday liftoff of a commercial communications satellite to perform a thorough check of its launch systems in the wake of a test-flight mishap last week involving a prototype rocket.
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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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XCOR Aerospace's Private Lynx Space Plane to Get New Texas Home
The spaceflight company XCOR Aerospace has begun work on a hangar in Midland, Texas for its private Lynx space plane. The two-person spacecraft is being developed for space tourism and science launches to suborbital space.
August 28th, 2014
XCOR Aerospace — the builder of the Lynx space plane — is renovating the main hangar for the spaceship designed to bring paying tourists into suborbital space. Lynx could launch on its first test flights later this year.
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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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