Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
29 August 2014, 10:39 AM ET
Final Frontier Design aims to produce spacesuits in Brooklyn, NY. The company's Space Suit Experience offers space fans the chance to try on a spacesuit for $400.
29 August 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Space fans can get a taste of life in space without ever leaving Earth thanks to new venture from a private spacesuit manufacturer.
28 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
27 August 2014, 07:02 AM ET
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.
27 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
23 August 2014, 11:44 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket was forced to self-destruct after an anomaly during a test flight on Friday April 21st, 2014. They are preparing a thorough investigation into Friday's mishap.
22 August 2014, 04:12 PM ET
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).
21 August 2014, 12:00 PM ET
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.
19 August 2014, 01:26 PM ET
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind the private rocket company SpaceX, has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
18 August 2014, 05:00 PM ET
SpaceX and Tesla's CEO responded to the challenge put forth by Bill Gates. Find out more about the challenge that has already raised over 10 million dollars for ALS research: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html
18 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
16 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
14 August 2014, 09:59 PM ET
In July 2014, the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket launched six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites. It also tested its reusable first stage technology. A chase plane was on hand to capture its fall through the atmosphere and seconds before splashdown.
07 August 2014, 04:15 PM ET
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).
07 August 2014, 11:30 AM ET
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.
06 August 2014, 09:05 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's commercial SpaceShipTwo will soon launch onto — and, in at least one example, out of — the pages of seven books thanks to a partnership between the private spaceflight company and DK, a publisher of illustrated reference books.
06 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
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.
05 August 2014, 04:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies launched AsiaSat 8 on a Falcon 9 rocket (9 Merlin 1D engines = 1.3Mlbs. thrust) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:00am EDT on 5 August 2014. No test of recoverable-reusable booster was planned.
05 August 2014, 04:10 AM ET
The company's Falcon 9 rocket, which was carrying the AsiaSat 8 spacecraft, lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force station at 4:00 a.m. EDT, tracing an arc of orange flame across the dark southeastern skies.
28 July 2014, 01:29 PM ET
Arizona-based World View, which aims to loft passengers to the stratosphere by late 2016, will start launching research and education payloads on its unmanned test flights later this year, company officials said.
22 July 2014, 04:28 PM ET
The video, which SpaceX released today (July 22), shows a Falcon 9 first stage returning to Earth in a controlled fashion after helping launch six commercial satellites on July 14 for the firm Orbcomm.
22 July 2014, 03:59 PM ET
The private space company's Falcon 9 re-usable rocket technology was tested on its last flight on July 14th, 2014. Engine restart, landing legs and ocean touchdown at near zero velocity was recorded. See the launch: http://goo.gl/v8e5MS
17 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
17 July 2014, 12:39 AM ET
'Space tourism' is a catch-all term that encompasses three different ideas of what the industry could look like.
15 July 2014, 06:16 PM ET
On June 18, Arizona-based World View launched a scaled-down version of its balloon system to an altitude of nearly 23 miles. The unmanned flight featured spectacular views of Earth from the stratosphere, as the new World View video reveals.
15 July 2014, 04:12 PM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its Experimental Spaceplane project, known as XS-1, to three different companies: Boeing, Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman.
15 July 2014, 09:30 AM ET
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.
14 July 2014, 04:05 PM ET
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a “Record of Decision” giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas.
14 July 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) on Monday (July 14), carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM.
14 July 2014, 11:28 AM ET
The private space company launched the satellite on July 14th, 2014. SpaceX will also attempt to bring the Falcon 9's first stage back to Earth with an ocean splashdown. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/v8e5MS
11 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
On Wednesday (July 9), the Planetary Society announced launch dates for its LightSail-1 spacecraft — a possible test flight in 2015 (LightSail-A) and a full mission the next year (LightSail-B) with nearly identical hardware.
25 June 2014, 07:20 PM ET
Nothing quite compares to celebrating a goal in microgravity, even the robots are getting into it. More futbol moves are on display by crew members Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst.
24 June 2014, 11:44 AM ET
World View, an Arizona-based private spaceflight company that wants to take adventurers to the stratosphere using high-altitude balloons, announced that it has successfully completed a test of its scaled-down flight system.
23 June 2014, 02:21 PM ET
SpaceX needs more time to work through an issue identified during pre-flight checks on Sunday (June 22), delaying the launch of six spacecraft for satellite-communications provider ORBCOMM until the first week of July.
22 June 2014, 07:20 PM ET
SpaceX has pushed a planned commercial satellite launch back again, this time to Tuesday (June 24) at the earliest.
20 June 2014, 09:02 AM ET
The steerable fins provide control during fly back. They can be seen deploying about a minute and 15 seconds into the flight. This test flight of the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) occurred on June 17th, 2014.