Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
30 May 2014, 08:30 AM ET
Unveiling his company's new Dragon V2 SpaceX founder Elon Musk claims his space taxi may achieve human access to space for under $10 million per seat.The company has been launching unmanned Dragon Version 1 capsules to the space station since 2012.
30 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Virgin Galactic, the private space venture bankrolled by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that spells out how the company will use U.S. airspace during its planned suborbital flights.
30 May 2014, 01:21 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule to the world tonight (May 29) for the first time.
29 May 2014, 09:20 PM ET
SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule May 29, 2014 during an invite-only event at the spaceflight company's Hawthorne, California campus.
29 May 2014, 06:10 PM ET
See photos of Dragon, Grasshopper and other SpaceX rockets taken since the company was founded in 2002.
29 May 2014, 04:43 PM ET
The anticipation just got higher for the big unveiling tonight (May 29) of the first-ever manned Dragon spaceship by the private spaceflight company SpaceX, with two new photos offering tantalizing glimpses inside the spacecraft.
29 May 2014, 10:00 AM ET
A company making high-altitude balloons for rides to the edge of space wants a new logo, and it's asking the public for help. The Tucson-based group World View announced that it's seeking an emblem to represent its future passengers, or "Voyagers."
29 May 2014, 09:47 AM ET
The private space company tested the Dragon spacecraft's launch escape system thruster, that will also enable pinpoint propulsive landing on Earth or another planet.
29 May 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. completed qualification tests of the SuperDraco thruster that will power the launch abort system on the crewed version of the Dragon space capsule the company is developing with financial aid from NASA.
29 May 2014, 06:11 AM ET
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will unveil the first manned Dragon spacecraft Thursday night (May 29) at 7 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. EDT (0200 May 30) in a live event at the company's Hawthorne, California rocket factory. Here's how to watch it live.
29 May 2014, 12:39 AM ET
Grasshopper was a reusable rocket prototype tested by the company SpaceX in preparation for more ambitious launches.
23 May 2014, 02:34 PM ET
DiCaprio plans to fly aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle in 2015. A seat on the same flight with the actor sold for nearly $1 million Thursday (May 22) at the annual amfAR auction near Cannes, France.
23 May 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Water was discovered in the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon spacecraft that recently returned to Earth from a month-long stay at the international space station, but so far as NASA knew May 21, none of the agency’s cargo was damaged.
22 May 2014, 04:54 PM ET
Next Thursday (May 29), the company will unveil the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft, which SpaceX hopes will be ferrying people to and from the International Space Station a few short years from now.
22 May 2014, 12:04 PM ET
Space.com shadowed a group of students from the University of California, San Diego who were selected by NASA to test an experiment onboard a zero-gravity flight.
22 May 2014, 11:34 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is building a giant rocket called the Falcon Heavy. See images of the planned Falcon Heavy heavy-lift booster in this Space.com gallery.
21 May 2014, 08:33 AM ET
Space.com shadowed a group of students from the University of California, San Diego who were selected by NASA to test an experiment on board a zero-gravity flight.
19 May 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire Elon Musk says his private spaceflight company SpaceX has made some progress toward a permanent colony on Mars — a long-time goal in the entrepreneur's push to help make humanity a multi-planet species.
18 May 2014, 03:08 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean today (May 18), bringing more than 1,000 lbs. of science cargo back to Earth from the International Space Station.
18 May 2014, 09:40 AM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule departed the International Space Station today, putting it on a path back to Earth after about one month attached to the orbiting outpost.
18 May 2014, 08:20 AM ET
See photos from SpaceX's third Dragon space capsule mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The mission launches April 18, 2014 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
16 May 2014, 05:44 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule is scheduled to leave the International Space Station and splash down intact in the ocean on Sunday (May 18), and you can watch it live online.
15 May 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Spaceflight industry experts and supporters are gathering in the City of Angels this week to discuss the future of human spaceflight during a conference featuring Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX.
14 May 2014, 05:14 PM ET
The future of United States space travel will involve significant governmental cooperation with private industry, according to a panel of spaceflight experts.
14 May 2014, 12:59 PM ET
The call by one Russian official to ban Russian rocket engine use on U.S. military launches and to pull out of the International Space Station project by 2020, could have far-reaching repercussions for U.S. spaceflight if realized.
12 May 2014, 09:42 PM ET
With a temporary injunction barring United Launch Alliance from buying Russian-made engines for its Atlas 5 rocket now lifted, the case brought by SpaceX challenging the Air Force’s order of rockets appears to be focusing on questions of timing.
09 May 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The mission, which was scheduled to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday morning, will deliver six spacecraft to low-Earth orbit for the satellite-communications provider ORBCOMM.
09 May 2014, 11:00 AM ET
A crowd-funded satellite launched to space last month might not get to perform is mission to deploy a fleet of even tinier satellites into orbit.
08 May 2014, 04:28 PM ET
A U.S. federal judge has lifted an injunction that temporarily barred the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance from buying Russian-made rocket engines for launching launch national security missions.
05 May 2014, 03:15 PM ET
Just a few weeks after its last reusable rocket test, SpaceX did it again – and then some. The latest flight of the Falcon 9 Reusable rocket showed the machine soaring to 3,300 feet (1,000 meters), about four times the altitude of the test before.
02 May 2014, 11:34 AM ET
The Falcon 9R rocket rose to a height of 3280 feet (1000 meters) in its latest test, posted on May 1st, 2014. The legs were in a fixed down position from launch to landing, but future tests will begin with them stowed.
01 May 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX captured its unprecedented reusable rocket test on video, but representatives with the company need your help to clean up the grainy footage.
01 May 2014, 12:56 PM ET
A member of the Russian government suggested Tuesday (April 29) that the United States use trampolines to get to the International Space Station instead of the Russian rockets they currently rely on, according to press reports.
30 April 2014, 01:48 PM ET
The private space company launched its Dragon capsule on a NASA cargo delivery run to Space Station on April 18th. The Falcon 9’s first stage deployed it’s landing gear and touched the water with essentially no velocity. Launch: http://goo.gl/tqWPBT
25 April 2014, 06:30 PM ET
The unprecedented reusable rocket test launched by SpaceX last week paves the way for a potentially revolutionary leap forward in the cost of spaceflight, the private company's founder Elon Musk said today (April 25).
25 April 2014, 04:40 PM ET
SpaceX is filing a formal protest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over a multibillion-dollar U.S. Air Force contract to its incumbent launch services provider, United Launch Alliance, SpaceX founder Elon Musk says.