Orion spacecraft conception
Private spacecraft from Sierra Nevada, Virgin, SpaceX and others are pushing boundaries in spaceflight and edging into the domain once held exclusively by government-funded behemoths like Lockheed-Martin. You can learn about the future of the private space race in Peirs Bozny's exclusive Expert Voices essay Space Tourism Needs a Reality Check (Op-Ed) and read an excerpt from his book "New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond," from which Space.com compiled the following images.
Shown here: An artist's impression of an Orion spacecraft mated to a European-built ATV service module.
Apollo on steroids
Orion prepped for flight
Virgin Galactic’s Enterprise rocket plane
Soyuz vehicles docked
First-generation XCOR Lynx vehicles
SpaceShipOne on display
Swiss spacecraft developments
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser
New Space Frontiers book cover
"New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond" (Zenith Press, 2014)
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