04 June 2010, 06:58 PM ET
The successful liftoff of a new private rocket helps
vindicate President Barack Obama's plan to rely on commercial spaceships to
carry cargo and possibly astronauts to orbit, the rocket's millionaire owner
04 June 2010, 03:39 PM ET
SPACE.com's launch updates for the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on June 4, 2010.
04 June 2010, 02:46 PM ET
The brand new commercial Falcon 9 rocket soared into orbit
from Florida on its maiden flight Friday, the first test for a new era of
private vehicles that could one day send cargo – and possibly astronauts – into
04 June 2010, 01:36 PM ET
The brand new commercial Falcon 9 rocket experienced an
unexpected glitch just before liftoff during its first flight test Friday, stalling
what was to be its maiden launch.
04 June 2010, 11:56 AM ET
As the era of private spaceflight takes a step forward with SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket test, here's a look at 6 companies that could launch humans into space soon.
04 June 2010, 06:23 AM ET
The stakes are high for SpaceX's new private Falcon 9 rocket for its first test launch today.
03 June 2010, 02:47 PM ET
A new private Falcon 9 rocket developed by an Internet millionaire is poised to make its launch debut from Florida on Friday.
02 June 2010, 02:24 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX has officially set Friday as the target date for the launch debut of its new Falcon 9 rocket.
01 June 2010, 01:41 PM ET
Is national hero Neil Armstrong being manipulated? SPACEX founder Elon Musk thinks it's a possibility. Two fundamentally opposing views of the path ahead in space.
26 May 2010, 06:00 PM ET
The inaugural test launch of a new commercial rocket has slipped from May 28 to no earlier than June 2, according to its builder Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).
20 May 2010, 12:37 PM ET
A brand-new rocket that could one day become the first commercial spaceship to carry people to orbit is set to make its first test flight very soon, a company official said.
10 May 2010, 02:47 PM ET
Countdown to Atlantis' last flight; SPACEX gets ready; Orion crew escape test; How to sample Mars; Opportunity spies Endeavor crater; Guenter Wendt goes; Watery asteroid; Herschel's star-babies; Chandra spies double black holes; Zombie Sat; and more
07 May 2010, 06:03 PM ET
The brand-new commercial Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX, designed to haul cargo to the International Space Station, is set to make its debut launch this month.
30 April 2010, 05:43 AM ET
Commercial companies are ready to take on more of the government's space needs, industry leaders said Wednesday here at the 26th National Space Symposium.
03 April 2010, 11:40 AM ET
SpaceX is now targeting a May 8 launch for its first Falcon 9 rocket after a slip from April 12.
15 March 2010, 11:57 AM ET
SpaceX successfully test fired the first stage engines of its new Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, bringing booster closer to its launch debut.
10 March 2010, 10:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) aborted the Falcon 9 rocket's first static fire test March 9.
02 March 2010, 10:49 AM ET
Miles speaks with Frank Culbertson of Orbital Sciences Corporation about the future of commercial spaceflight.
24 February 2010, 11:40 AM ET
As work on constellation continues until it can be shut down in an orderly fashion, SpaceX readies for the launch of the Falcon 9 on March 22.
23 February 2010, 08:15 AM ET
SpaceX has hoisted its new Falcon 9 rocket atop its Florida launch pad for final tests ahead of a launch test debut later this year.
18 February 2010, 05:35 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies' new Falcon 9 rocket is assembled in Cape Canaveral, FL for a debut in the first half of 2010.
17 February 2010, 03:55 PM ET
A plane crash in California has killed three employees of Tesla Motors, the electric car venture led by private spaceflight pioneer Elon Musk, according to local news reports.
16 February 2010, 10:22 AM ET
SDO on it's way, Falcon launch countdown, the colors of Pluto, head-on asteriod collision and cool images of craters on mars and the Orion Nebula.
11 February 2010, 06:35 PM ET
All of the parts for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket have arrived at launch site.
05 February 2010, 08:52 AM ET
Astronaut and ATK manager Scott "Doc" Horowitz is deeply skeptical of small private commercial space companies chances of delivering and returning crews.
01 February 2010, 11:26 AM ET
President Obama directs a "bold new approach that embraces the commercial space industry." But Lockheed Martin's John Karas defends big aerospace business as usual.
25 January 2010, 11:39 AM ET
As the Obama White House prepares to weigh in on America's direction, SPACEX Founder Elon Musk responds point-by-point to a report critical of commercial space flight.
22 January 2010, 04:17 PM ET
A commercial space pioneer and a former astronaut are answering claims by an independent advisory panel that private companies do not meet NASA human-rating standards.
07 January 2010, 11:44 AM ET
The new Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX has passed its final engine test ahead of a planned launch debut this year.
29 December 2009, 11:38 PM ET
The Top 9 Spaceflight Stories in 2009. 5 shuttle missions, a space program in transition and space tourism strides are just some of the top spaceflight stories of the year.
14 December 2009, 02:02 AM ET
The spaceflight company SpaceX is aiming to launch its new space station cargo ship as early as May 2010.
11 December 2009, 04:22 PM ET
Just hours after Virgin Galactic unveiled a gleaming new commercial spaceship Monday, hurricane-force winds bore down on the event.
07 December 2009, 11:07 PM ET
Virgin Galactic unveiled its rocket plane today, planned to be the world’s first passenger-carrying commercial spacecraft.
07 December 2009, 12:09 PM ET
A super-slick looking rocket plane showcased as the world’s first passenger-carrying commercial spacecraft is making its debut today.
07 December 2009, 08:48 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo is generating high-altitude hope and a good dose of hype for public space travel, yet there are those who wave an advisory flag.
04 December 2009, 06:06 PM ET
All is in readiness for next Monday’s unveiling of SpaceShipTwo – the first-class space tourist’s wonder machine at the core of the space tourism firm Virgin Galactic’s suborbital fleet.