Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
28 January 2014, 03:09 PM ET
CJ Sturckow, who has four space shuttle missions under his belt, got behind the wheel of Virgin Galactic's private SpaceShipTwo for the first time earlier this month, guiding the vehicle through an unpowered "glide flight."
18 January 2014, 11:12 AM ET
Four private companies working to eventually launch astronauts into space with NASA are gearing up for a big year in 2014.
17 January 2014, 05:11 PM ET
The Dragon test article successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in December. The parachute deployment system was evaluated as part of their Commercial Crew Integrated Capability agreement with NASA.
17 January 2014, 06:30 AM ET
The spectacular SpaceShipTwo video documents the vehicle's rocket-powered flight on Jan. 10, which set a company altitude record by getting up to 71,000 feet (21,641 meters) in the skies above California's Mojave Air and Space Port.
12 January 2014, 08:07 AM ET
Virgin Galactic successfully tested its vehicle again on January 10th, 2014 and reached 71,000 feet (21,641 meters) and a top speed of Mach 1.4. They are still on track to start commercial service later this year.
11 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The longed-for dawn of private manned space travel appears near at hand. Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo, for example, aced its third supersonic test flight on Friday, and company officials say they remain on track to begin commercial service.
11 January 2014, 09:22 AM ET
See photos from Virgin Galactic's third rocket-powered test flight of the private space plane SpaceShipTwo on Jan. 10, 2014. It was Virgin Galactic's highest flight at the time.
10 January 2014, 02:08 PM ET
Virgin Galactic launched its highest SpaceShipTwo test flight yet, a supersonic rocket-powered flight on Jan. 10 that sent the private space plane streaking 71,000 feet over California's Mojave Desert.
06 January 2014, 07:32 PM ET
Launching for the second time in five weeks, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Monday (Jan. 6) and successfully put a broadcasting satellite in a high-altitude orbit for a Thai communications operator.
06 January 2014, 05:47 PM ET
The commercial space company has launched a second satellite in 2 months aboard an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket. It launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 6th, 2014.
06 January 2014, 01:12 PM ET
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the THAICOM 6 communications satellite is slated to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today at 5:06 p.m. EST. You can watch the liftoff live here on SPACE.com beginning at 4:25 p.m. EST.
02 January 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Golden Spike, acompany developing commercial missions to the moon for launch in 2020, has partnered with Honeybee Robotics to design lunar rovers to accompany the manned expeditions.
31 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic celebrated a year of new rocket technologies, space ships, certifications, and construction of the first ever spaceport for tourists.
31 December 2013, 09:16 AM ET
From a new rover on the moon, to the most powerful digital camera ever built, space will be buzzing with human activities in 2014.
29 December 2013, 11:49 AM ET
Space feats reached internationally and into interplanetary space in 2013, with milestones stretching from Earth to Mars.
17 December 2013, 07:06 PM ET
NASA has decided that three spacewalks — one each on Dec. 21, 23 and 25 — will be necessary to replace a faulty pump module on the station. As a result, the planned launch of the unmanned Cygnus spacecraft will occur in mid-January at the earliest.
16 December 2013, 03:35 PM ET
NASA engineers are trying to fix a problem with the International Space Station's cooling system in time for a private robotic spaceship to launch on a cargo mission to the orbiting lab on Thursday (Dec. 19).
13 December 2013, 05:43 PM ET
NASA selected SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) to lease a historic launch pad to support the private spaceflight company's rockets.
11 December 2013, 05:51 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's private SpaceShipTwo space plane built to fly space tourists on suborbital thrill rides successfully flew its latest glide test over the California desert today (Dec. 11). The flight tested a new coating to the spacecraft's twin tail boo
11 December 2013, 04:07 PM ET
Come along for the ride as SPACE.com's @MiriKramer flies with fmr. Air Force pilot Russell Campell aboard a Marchetti SF260. 10 seconds of weightlessness into a 4G turn, Cuban 8 maneuver and more..she even gets to fly the plane!
03 December 2013, 06:30 PM ET
SpaceX launched its first-ever commercial satellite bound for a geostationary orbit Tuesday (Dec. 3) in a landmark flight for the private spaceflight company.
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.