Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
03 December 2013, 06:00 PM ET
See photos from SpaceX's SES-8 satellite launch mission atop a an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 3, 2013. Liftoff occurred at 5:41 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
03 December 2013, 05:47 PM ET
An upgraded Falcon 9 rocket lofted the SES-8 telecommunications satellite to a geosynchronous transfer orbit of 80,000km on Dec. 3rd, 2013.
03 December 2013, 02:50 PM ET
See tantalizing spaceship photos from the secretive commercial space company Blue Origins.
03 December 2013, 10:22 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will make its third attempt to launch a huge commercial communications satellite today (Dec. 3) in a landmark mission. The mission will launch at 5:41 p.m. EST (2241 GMT). Here's how to watch.
30 November 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Piloting fighter jets, floating in zero gravity and spinning at a belly-flattening speed in a centrifuge are not the things a regular tourist is asked to do before a dream holiday.
29 November 2013, 05:57 PM ET
An unmanned cargo ship docked with the International Space Station today (Nov. 29), delivering a load of cosmic holiday goodies to the residents of the orbiting outpost.
28 November 2013, 11:57 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket fired its engines and was moments away from liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, but the commercial booster aborted the launch after computers detected the engines were too slow to build up thrust.
28 November 2013, 08:34 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX has set the table for a Thanksgiving Day rocket launch from Florida today (Nov. 28) after a two-day delay due to a technical glitch. Liftoff is set for 5:39 p.m. EST (0039 GMT). Watch live online.
27 November 2013, 07:44 AM ET
A number of organizations, both public and private, are drawing up plans to send astronauts toward the Red Planet, whose allure as an otherworldly destination and potential host of alien life has beckoned scientists and dreamers for hundreds of years.
26 November 2013, 03:00 PM ET
British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said his company Virgin Galactic is now accepting the digital-only currency bitcoin for its commercial spaceflights aboard SpaceShipTwo.
26 November 2013, 07:45 AM ET
SpaceX delayed the planned launch of the huge SES-8 communications satellite on Monday (Nov. 25) after a technical glitch with its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket. See what happened here.
25 November 2013, 04:00 PM ET
An unmanned cargo-carrying spacecraft launched on its way toward the International Space Station today. The Progress 53 vessel will deliver tons of food, fuel and other supplies when it arrives at the orbiting lab on Friday.
25 November 2013, 09:08 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is counting down to a critical commercial satellite launch in Florida today (Nov. 25), and you can watch the launch attempt live online.
22 November 2013, 06:22 PM ET
The document calls on federal agencies to continue supporting the development of private American spaceships to carry astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and directs NASA to keep working on a heavy-lift rocket to send people much farther afield.
22 November 2013, 01:41 PM ET
With the success of the SpaceX and Orbital Sciences spacecrafts, NASA is looking forward to sending humans to low-Earth orbit with commercial partners.
07 November 2013, 11:03 AM ET
The famed 27-year-old pop singer is scheduled to blast off on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in early 2015, according to press reports. Gaga will reportedly sing one song during her trip into suborbital space.
05 November 2013, 10:09 AM ET
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot suborbital spacecraft, is expected to make its third powered test flight within a month, said the company’s chief executive George Whitesides.
22 October 2013, 01:40 PM ET
For $75,000, a company called World View Enterprises will loft you 19 miles (30 kilometers) into Earth's atmosphere using a high-altitude balloon. You won't get your astronaut wings, but the views will still be spectacular, officials say.
21 October 2013, 02:23 PM ET
On-orbit astronaut Karen Nyberg proves Cady Coleman told 'Gravity's Sandra Bullock the truth: a single strand of human hair pushed against a handrail aboard the ISS sprang Nyberg backwards in microgravity.
19 October 2013, 10:15 AM ET
Soon, Virgin Galactic could be ferrying more than tourists to space on its suborbital flights. The company that aims to be the world's first commercial "spaceline" also plans to give scientists and educators the chance to fly experiments.
17 October 2013, 02:01 PM ET
SpaceX managed to re-light the next-generation Falcon 9's nine-engine first stage twice during the Sept. 29 test flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, easing the stage's return to Earth over the Pacific Ocean.
16 October 2013, 01:50 PM ET
RocketCam's video of the September 29th, 2013 launch, saw the upgraded rocket's first stage separation and an engine restart - key to making fully re-usable boosters that can fly often.
15 October 2013, 11:07 AM ET
The U.S. dominated the commercial launch market in the early 1980s but lost most of that ground to Europe and Russia over the last two decades. China remains a bit player now, but that won't be the case for long, SpaceX officials say.
14 October 2013, 01:26 PM ET
An experimental and reusable rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared to new heights earlier this month.
11 October 2013, 05:30 PM ET
Sir Richard Branson reaches out to the public to join in on the adventure that their spaceliner will provide.
11 October 2013, 04:52 PM ET
Sir Richard Branson and George Whitesides talk about the Space tourism company's future at the largest gathering of future astronauts to date. The 'Your Flight DNA' event was hosted at Mojave Air and Space Port.
11 October 2013, 04:01 PM ET
John Graves, one person with a ticket to space on a flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, explains why he bought a flight to space.
10 October 2013, 11:40 AM ET
A photographer's road trip to see SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California last month led to this striking composite photo recently released to SPACE.com. Photographer David A. Kodama captures the SpaceX rocket launch in stages.
10 October 2013, 11:17 AM ET
See photos of private spaceflight company's SpaceX's first upgraded Falcon 9 test flight on Sept. 29, 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
08 October 2013, 01:34 PM ET
It may be at least a year before Virgin Galactic's future passengers fly to suborbital space, but some of them recently got a chance to experience weightlessness on a ZERO-G flight.
03 October 2013, 04:53 PM ET
Soon, you'll be able to watch people compete for a chance to fly to space from the comfort of your couch. An upcoming reality TV show picked up by NBC called "Space Race" will follow along as space fans compete to win a free ride on SpaceShipTwo.
01 October 2013, 05:49 PM ET
SpaceX issued a statement Oct. 1 denying speculation that the upper stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket exploded on orbit following the rocket’s successful demonstration launch Sept. 29 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
01 October 2013, 11:08 AM ET
Launch team comments on their first West Coast SpaceX Falcon 9, which lifted the Cascade Smallsat & Ionospheric Polar Explorer [CASSIOPE] from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-4 in a crucial test of vehicle and military crew.
30 September 2013, 06:23 PM ET
SpaceX's first launch from California on Sunday (Sept. 29) gave some unsuspecting observers a little more than they bargained for.
30 September 2013, 03:21 PM ET
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket in a successful test flight that included many firsts, including the firm's first-ever West Coast launch.
29 September 2013, 08:31 PM ET
The SpaceX rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 29th, 2013. It carried the CASSIOPE satellite to orbit.