Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
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.
18 June 2014, 11:32 AM ET
The 'guitar god' expresses his displeasure with the sorry state of Humanity’s reach into the cosmos. 'Satch' likens space tourism flights to bad airline experiences and muses upon transporter beam practicality.
18 June 2014, 11:13 AM ET
Two astronauts humorously demonstrate zero-gravity during the Skylab 4 mission.
16 June 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Space tourism firm Space Adventures says two customers have paid deposits for a flight around the moon on a Soyuz spacecraft, but the trip requires major changes to the Russian crew capsule, a vehicle that has seen only incremental upgrades recently.
13 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Virgin Galactic is reporting progress on creating the world's first commercial spaceline. But fitting all the elements together to handle high-velocity suborbital space travel has proved slow-going.
12 June 2014, 03:42 PM ET
A series of trials at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has verified that the 3D printer developed by California-based startup Made in Space meets all the requirements for use aboard the orbiting lab, officials announced today.
11 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A quarter-scale prototype of SpacePlane, a vehicle being developed by the France-based company Airbus, took to the skies last month, giving engineers their first look at how the craft performs in the air.
09 June 2014, 05:43 PM ET
As Virgin Galactic prepares to carry paying tourists into space, it's also readying another source of flight cash: carrying tech experiments designed for microgravity.
09 June 2014, 11:20 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is opening its doors to a lucky person with cash to spare for charity.
09 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The agency's Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) instrument transmitted a new 37-second, 175-megabit video called "Hello, World!" to a ground station in California as the orbiting lab soared 260 miles overhead.
06 June 2014, 10:50 AM ET
Mars colonies and other big spaceflight dreams are possible with reusable rockets and spacecraft, SpaceX chief Elon Musk says. And the company is working to make full and rapid reusability feasible.
05 June 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Humans should go to Mars to explore, and also as a form of insurance in case disaster strikes on Earth, the aerospace company's president, Gwynne Shotwell, told a small crowd here today (June 4) at the Atlantic Council Captains of Industry.
04 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's three-core Falcon Heavy rocket is a mega-booster that would be the largest, most powerful launch vehicle since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket. Here's how SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket works.
03 June 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon Mark II capsule is designed to bring crews to the Space Station, then re-enter and land upright on solid ground for rapid reconditioning and reuse.
03 June 2014, 01:58 PM ET
The three aerospace companies competing to build astronaut taxis for NASA have completed the first stage of flight certification under the agency's Commercial Crew Program, officials announced on Friday (May 30).
30 May 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In an event worthy of a Hollywood premiere, billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled – quite literally – his new manned Dragon Version 2 spacecraft Thursday night (May 29).
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.