Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
29 August 2013, 04:09 PM ET
"Space tourism" is "buzzworthy," according to a prominent dictionary, which added the word to its lexicon this week.
23 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The DC-X (Delta Clipper Experimental) was a prototype for a reusable space launch vehicle tested in the 1990s. See how fully reusable launch vehicles are envisioned to work in this SPACE.com infographic.
17 August 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight firm SpaceX has notched a key milestone in its quest to launch humans to orbit, just three days after company founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled his futuristic "Hyperloop" transportation concept to the world.
14 August 2013, 04:25 PM ET
SpaceX's reusable rocket prototype, dubbed Grasshopper, is designed for vertical takeoffs and landings, but in the commercial spacecraft's latest test flight, Grasshopper proved it could hop sideways, too.
14 August 2013, 01:48 PM ET
The Falcon 9 test rig (codenamed Grasshopper) successfully completed a 'divert' test, with the ship making a 100m lateral maneuver while reaching an altitude of 250m. This test demonstrated the ships ability to make more aggressive maneuvers.
14 August 2013, 10:26 AM ET
The super-fast "Hyperloop" travel concept is just the latest in a series of big, bold dreams by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Here's a quick look at six ways the South African-born billionaire has changed the world — or is hoping to in the future.
13 August 2013, 09:00 AM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's vision for a futuristic Hyperloop transportation system concept involves sleek passenger capsules flying within a tube on a cushion of air. See how the ultra-fast system could get from N.Y. to S.F. in 30 min.
12 August 2013, 06:40 PM ET
The Hyperloop, Musk revealed today (Aug. 12), is a solar-powered transportation system that could rocket passenger-packed pods through long tubes at 760 mph or so (1,220 km/h). The technology could cut the LA-San Francisco travel time to 30 minutes.
12 August 2013, 03:10 PM ET
The space capsules that are used to deliver crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station are now available for delivery on envelopes and postcards mailed through the Houston post office.
12 August 2013, 02:02 PM ET
The fevered speculation about billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's mysterious "Hyperloop" transport system is about to come to an end. Musk has said he will unveil a design Monday after teasing us about the travel technology for more than a year.
09 August 2013, 03:25 PM ET
Night sky photographers Andre van der Hoeven, Fred Herrmann and Terry Hancock collaborated to create this amazing image of the Dumbbell Nebula.
09 August 2013, 01:21 PM ET
The fevered speculation about billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's mysterious "Hyperloop" transport system is about to come to an end. Musk has said he will unveil a design Monday after teasing us about the travel technology for more than a year.
08 August 2013, 03:19 PM ET
An engineering model of California-based startup Made in Space's 3D printer passed a battery of tests, confirming that the machine can survive the rigors of launch and function in a microgravity environment.
02 August 2013, 04:15 PM ET
Spread across 18,000 acres, Spaceport America continues to preen itself here in anticipation of booming business as the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.
30 July 2013, 09:32 PM ET
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) will launch all three satellites for Canada’s planned Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) in 2018 aboard a single Falcon 9 rocket, the Hawthorne, Calif., rocket maker announced Tuesday.
25 July 2013, 11:50 AM ET
NASA on July 19 released a draft solicitation for the fourth and final development phase of its Commercial Crew Program, which is still expected to result in a crewed space launch to the International Space Station from U.S. soil, by late 2017, according
23 July 2013, 08:19 AM ET
How would you like to zip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes, on the cheap and on your own schedule? Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says it can be done, and he's going to tell us how next month.
19 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The private company SpaceX has been narrowing its search for a new location in which to build a commercial launch facility for industrial customers. The firm has recently focused on Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and particularly Texas.
19 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
With all the attention being given to Virgin Galactic's impressive list of future celebritynauts (Ashton! Branson! Beiber!), its spaceship's impressive capabilities for microgravity research have been largely overlooked.
18 July 2013, 03:19 PM ET
Can this coastal launch site drive commercial development of the Solar System’s frontiers? Gilberto Salinas, Executive VP, Brownsville Economic Development Corporation, discusses a pending SpaceX private spaceport with SPACE.com’s @DavidSkyBrody.
08 July 2013, 02:42 PM ET
A private company's prototype reusable rocket made its highest leap to date last month, soaring 100 stories into the air before landing softly back at its launch pad as planned. SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle reached a maximum altitude of 1,066 feet on June
08 July 2013, 11:31 AM ET
SpaceX's reusable Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) test vehicle made its highest jump yet, flying 1066 feet (325 meters) in June 2013 and landed safely under near-perfect control.
27 June 2013, 12:01 AM ET
Space-tourism transactions could become easier with the new PayPal Galactic.
17 June 2013, 04:01 PM ET
The announcement comes the heels of the 50th anniversary of the first woman in space.
13 June 2013, 04:46 PM ET
Sunjammer's sail measures 124 feet on a side.
06 June 2013, 02:05 PM ET
The pop star may even shoot a music video in the final frontier.
31 May 2013, 04:11 PM ET
SpaceX Senior Engineer Garrett Reisman (former NASA Shuttle astronaut) is helping to get the U.S. back into the manned spaceflight business. He is tasked with retrofitting the SpaceX rocket/capsule to carry humans.
31 May 2013, 02:15 PM ET
SpaceX Chairman Elon Musk foresees a revolutionary rocket breakthrough.
24 May 2013, 10:15 AM ET
The winner bidder will fly on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo with the actor.
23 May 2013, 04:06 PM ET
Private companies are interested in setting up lunar bases.
23 May 2013, 03:52 PM ET
The world's first commercial spaceport hosted a massive event for one of the summer's biggest action movies, 'After Earth.'
23 May 2013, 10:18 AM ET
Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace are on track to do big business soon.
20 May 2013, 05:40 PM ET
Pad 39A hosted Apollo launches to the moon and space shuttle liftoffs over the years.
20 May 2013, 01:50 PM ET
X Prize officials aren't revealing any details yet, though.
19 May 2013, 12:35 PM ET
Seeing our fragile Earth hanging alone in space could inspire people to take the long view.
17 May 2013, 03:53 PM ET
Dream Chaser's first free-flight test is slated for later this year.