Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
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.
29 September 2013, 12:27 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched the first of its next-generation Falcon 9 rockets Sunday (Sept. 29) in a major test flight full of space firsts. The launch also carried Canada's CASSIOPE space weather satellite into orbit.
29 September 2013, 09:45 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a new Falcon 9 rocket from California today (Sept. 29) and you can watch the liftoff live online. Liftoff is targeted for 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT/9 a.m. PDT). Here's how to watch.
27 September 2013, 03:11 PM ET
A new space-weather satellite could help better protect Earth's infrastructure from damaging solar storms, officials from the Canadian Space Agency say.
27 September 2013, 02:27 PM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is expected to be grabbed by the orbiting lab's huge robotic arm at 7:15 a.m. EDT Sunday, with docking operations starting two hours later. You can watch the action live here at SPACE.com, beginning at 4:30 a.m. EDT.
27 September 2013, 12:30 PM ET
A new hybrid small satellite called CASSIOPE is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2013. It is carrying a payload named Cascade, whose purpose is to move high volume data anywhere in the world.
23 September 2013, 11:40 AM ET
A private robotic ship bound for the International Space Station is going to have to wait it out in space until at least Saturday (Sept. 28) before delivering its cargo to the orbiting laboratory.
22 September 2013, 05:47 AM ET
A new robotic commercial cargo ship for the International Space Station skipped its first attempt to link up with the orbiting lab Sunday (Sept. 22) due to a rendezvous glitch that delayed its arrival for 48 hours, NASA officials say
21 September 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Orbital Sciences has contracted with NASA to make supply runs to the International Space Station.
20 September 2013, 06:58 PM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft is expected to be grappled by astronauts using the orbiting outpost's huge robotic arm at 7:25 a.m. EDT Sunday. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will be secured to its docking port beginning at 9:15 a.m. EDT.
20 September 2013, 06:04 PM ET
The private space company test fired the engines on upgraded Falcon 9 (v.1.1) on September 19th, 2013. The target launch window for the rocket opens on September 29th.
18 September 2013, 03:54 PM ET
The mighty roar of a commercial rocket launching a brand-new private cargo ship on a stunning debut test flight from Virginia's Eastern shore today (Sept. 18) has NASA overjoyed and the spaceship's builder beaming with pride.
17 September 2013, 02:10 PM ET
The first American space traveler to follow his astronaut father into orbit is selling some of his memorabilia, including a model based on a rocket designed by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russia's "father of space travel."
17 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Anomalies discovered during a Sept. 12 hot-fire test, coupled with upcoming missile tests at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, have delayed the inaugural launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to the end of September, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday
16 September 2013, 06:59 PM ET
In an old World War II-hangar in blistering hot Mojave, Calif., a passionate group of young aerospace engineers is building the private spaceship called Lynx, which is the main competitor of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
16 September 2013, 05:03 PM ET
The Cygnus spacecraft, which is built by aerospace firm Orbital Sciences, passed its launch readiness review and is now set to lift off Wednesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, officials announced Monday (Sept. 16).
14 September 2013, 12:44 PM ET
A commercial Antares rocket rolled out to its Virginia coast launch pad Friday carrying a brand-new Cygnus supply ship poised to make its debut test flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday.
11 September 2013, 07:42 AM ET
Virgin Galactic looks poised to begin launching paying passengers into space by 2014, but the private spaceship company is going needs more folks with the "right stuff. Enter, the Virgin Galactic Career Fair.
10 September 2013, 05:15 PM ET
Private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic held a career day event on Sept. 7, 2013, at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.
10 September 2013, 01:24 PM ET
At the Explorers Club, two of the world's first space tourists traded stories about their astronaut toilet training with the Russians, or lack of it. See how private space travelers Richard Garriott and Dennis Tito compared notes.
10 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket from a newly refurbished pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Sept. 14) in a mission that will also attempt to recover the rocket's first stage.