Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
12 January 2015, 02:53 PM ET
Engineers with the private spaceflight company SpaceX are still trying to piece together what went wrong with a reusable rocket test Saturday, but the company's founder Elon Musk thinks there's a better chance of succeeding during a future test.
12 January 2015, 11:20 AM ET
The CRS-5 cargo mission has arrived at the International Space Station on Jan. 12, 2015. It is carrying two tons of supplies and experiments for the crew.
12 January 2015, 08:10 AM ET
NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, commander of the station's current Expedition 42, grappled Dragon using the orbiting outpost's huge robotic arm at 6:12 a.m. EST (1112 GMT) on Monday (Jan. 12).
10 January 2015, 08:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company also aimed to bring the Falcon 9's first stage down on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
10 January 2015, 06:02 AM ET
SpaceX will attempt the first-ever ocean platform landing of reusable rocket stage during the Jan. 6, 2015 launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship. See photos from the mission here.
10 January 2015, 05:04 AM ET
The SpaceX cargo ship launched to the International Space Station on Jan. 10th, 2014. SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket's first stage on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
09 January 2015, 10:44 AM ET
NASA's CATS instrument — which is set to launch toward the orbiting lab early Saturday aboard SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule — will track clouds and tiny particles of dust, smoke and pollution in Earth's atmosphere that influence climate.
09 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the company's unmanned Dragon capsule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday; forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of good weather.
08 January 2015, 07:05 AM ET
Sierra Nevada Corporation, which is building Dream Chaser, recently checked off a propulsion-system milestone laid out in the company's last commercial-crew contract with NASA, which was signed in 2012.
07 January 2015, 05:11 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule are now scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday. You can watch the launch live here on Space.com, beginning at 3:30 a.m. EST.
07 January 2015, 11:23 AM ET
SpaceX has passed NASA's "certification baseline review," which required the California-based company to outline exactly how it plans to ferry crews to and from the orbiting lab using Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket.
05 January 2015, 07:45 PM ET
In a first for space flight, SpaceX will attempt to fly its Falcon 9 booster rocket to a safe landing aboard an offshore platform.
05 January 2015, 07:29 PM ET
SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a precision landing on a floating platform Tuesday morning. But there's no guarantee the ambitious maneuver will work.
03 January 2015, 09:30 AM ET
The private space travel company Virgin Galactic is more committed than ever to its commercial spaceliner business as it recovers from a tragic SpaceShipTwo crash that killed one test pilot and injured another last year, company founder Sir Richard Branso
29 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
What can space fans look forward to next year? Closely watched spacecraft are expected to start pumping out science, while private spaceflight companies have a number of launches on the books for 2015.
24 December 2014, 11:42 AM ET
The fatal crash of a SpaceShipTwo space plane earlier this year sent shockwaves through the world of private space travel, but suborbital spaceship's builder Virgin Galactic is making strides to learn from the tragic accident and move forward.
23 December 2014, 01:40 PM ET
Technicians successfully attached a key structure called a "carry-through spar" to the body of XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane just before Thanksgiving, at a hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, company officials announced.
22 December 2014, 12:50 PM ET
From accidents to soaring daredevils and space capsules, 2014 was a big year in spaceflight.
19 December 2014, 05:01 PM ET
On Oct. 31, 2014, the space tourism company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious accident during a SpaceShipTwo test flight, resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. One pilot died in the crash, while another suffered injuries. See our full coverage.
19 December 2014, 04:31 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying a mission to the International Space Station until early 2015.SpaceX is now expected to launch its fifth official mission to the orbiting outpost under a contract with NASA on Jan. 6.
19 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
World View has just released new footage from a recent unmanned flight, offering a glimpse at the vistas future customers might experience during a sunrise voyage.
18 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
It won't be easy, but the private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt to bring a stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back from space and land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean during an audacious test on Jan. 6.
12 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
If all goes according to plan, Dragon will blast off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:20 p.m. EST (1820 GMT) on Dec. 19 and arrive at the orbiting lab two days later.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
During a Dec. 16 launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth in a controlled landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
20 November 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A NASA astronaut about to fly to the International Space Station on a Russian spaceship hopes his next space mission will start in a seat aboard a commercial spacecraft.
12 November 2014, 02:44 PM ET
Investigators have talked to the pilot who survived the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last month, and say that he didn't know that his copilot unlocked the space plane's re-entry system early.
06 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Friday's tragic accident will delay Virgin Galactic's progress and may also result in more governmental oversight of the company and others that seek to launch paying customers to space, experts say. But space tourism itself should survive.
05 November 2014, 11:20 PM ET
Space travel is a risky business. As we push for technological advances and further exploration, accidents unfortunately happen.
04 November 2014, 02:04 AM ET
Investigators have formed a new working group to take a close look at the pilot interface systems on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and released a detailed new timeline of the vehicle's tragic accident.
03 November 2014, 11:53 PM ET
Tragically, the experimental spaceplane SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert during a test flight on Friday, killing one pilot and injuring another.
03 November 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The friends and co-workers of the co-pilot who died in Virgin Galactic's tragic SpaceShipTwo accident Friday (Oct. 31) have raised more than $55,000 for his family via crowdfunding.
03 November 2014, 02:04 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo spacecraft broke apart in mid-flight on Oct. 31, 2014, killing one pilot and injuring another. See the sequence of events (as known so far) related by the NTSB.
03 November 2014, 06:00 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's fatal accident doesn't spell doom for space tourism, though Virgin Galactic will likely have to answer key safety questions in the months and years ahead.
03 November 2014, 01:18 AM ET
See images released after the crash of Virgin Galactic's space plane SpaceShipTwo. The accident, which took place on Oct. 31, 2014, left one pilot dead and the other seriously injured.
03 November 2014, 01:15 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's twin rudders can be rotated up to increase drag when the vehicle heads back down toward Earth. On Friday's flight, this maneuver should have been performed when the vehicle was traveling at Mach 1.4, but it actually occurred at Mach 1.0.
02 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
From its first crewed flight in 2010, through its last successful flight last October, major milestones for SpaceShipTwo.