28 February 2013, 02:36 PM ET
Already tested as a cargo carrier, the Dragon spacecraft can also be fitted out to shuttle passengers to low orbit and to the International Space Station.
28 February 2013, 01:14 PM ET
See photos of SpaceX's second Dragon space capsule to haul cargo to the International Space Station in March 2013.
27 February 2013, 11:05 PM ET
The weather is looking good in preparation for Friday's rocket launch.
27 February 2013, 05:59 PM ET
In the last year, private companies have unveiled asteroid mining projects, space rock sentinels and more.
26 February 2013, 06:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 executed a "static fire" engine test to prep for Friday's launch of the Dragon capsule.
25 February 2013, 02:22 PM ET
Two patches have been released for the upcoming March 1 launch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule.
23 February 2013, 06:55 AM ET
The Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp., will launch unmanned Cygnus cargo ships to the International Space Station.
21 February 2013, 01:32 PM ET
Dennis Tito's nonprofit organization may want to launch astronauts toward the Red Planet in 2018.
14 February 2013, 03:55 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon capsule will be making its second contracted supply run.
28 January 2013, 12:25 PM ET
NASA's Commercial Crew Program dedicates taxpayer dollars to private companies, who may employ thousands, to re-supply and deliver crew to the International Space Station. But will it work?
22 January 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The burgeoning industry should help create new technologies and bring launch costs down.
16 January 2013, 03:11 PM ET
Bigelow Aerospace's BEAM expandable module will enhance the living area of the International Space Station.
11 January 2013, 04:25 PM ET
NASA has signed a $17.8 million deal with Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace for one of its expandable modules.
09 January 2013, 02:17 PM ET
The space agency has signed a contract with Bigelow Aerospace for an inflatable habitat.
01 January 2013, 09:45 AM ET
Private spacecraft from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and others are poised for major test in 2013.
26 December 2012, 11:04 AM ET
SpaceX's Grasshopper reusable rocket prototype flew 12-stories up during its third test flight.
26 December 2012, 09:43 AM ET
The SpaceX Grasshopper flew more than 130 feet (40 meters) into the air before landing successfully after 29 seconds of flight.
11 December 2012, 01:31 PM ET
Elon Musk founded SpaceX with ambitions to explore Mars.
10 December 2012, 07:13 PM ET
SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada each get about $10 million to start certifying their spaceships.
07 December 2012, 05:45 PM ET
Just in time for the holidays, SpaceX mission patches are on sale for the first time.
03 December 2012, 05:55 PM ET
A private space company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has switched rocket providers.
23 November 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Elon Musk wants to help put 80,000 people on the Red Planet.
15 November 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX aims to make a fully reusable spacecraft.
12 November 2012, 06:35 PM ET
SpaceX’s reusable rocket prototype, called Grasshopper, has taken its highest hop yet, a 17.7-foot flight test to demonstrate its closed loop thruster vectors and throttle controls
07 November 2012, 01:27 AM ET
The space agency will likely continue working to get astronauts to an asteroid by 2025.
06 November 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Budget issues will probably be a much bigger driver for the space agency, experts say.
30 October 2012, 02:53 PM ET
The private Dragon spacecraft was recovered and brought back to port after its first official cargo delivery mission.
29 October 2012, 12:52 PM ET
The private cargo capsule landed in the Pacific Ocean after a resupply mission to the International Space Station on October 28th, 2012.
28 October 2012, 03:38 PM ET
The cargo capsule is on its way back to Earth as it departed the International Space Station on October 28th, 2012.
28 October 2012, 03:24 PM ET
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific to cap off a landmark cargo delivery mission.
28 October 2012, 10:31 AM ET
The unmanned Dragon space capsule is returning hundreds of astronaut blood and urine samples, among other cargo.
28 October 2012, 03:10 AM ET
The Dragon capsule is packed with nearly 500 vials of astronaut blood and urine, for science of course.
28 October 2012, 02:34 AM ET
See photos from SpaceX's first resupply mission to the International Space Station.
26 October 2012, 04:57 PM ET
Dragon is wrapping up the first-ever commercial cargo mission to the space station.
24 October 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Visiting astronauts will have to take special care not to contaminate the Red Planet.
19 October 2012, 07:01 AM ET
SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, and Boeing are each making progress toward launching people on private spacecraft.