It’s been a few really good months for SpaceX, and now, the commercial spaceflight company is kicking rocket production into high gear in anticipation of a packed launch schedule.
Reusable rockets just went from a party trick to a research necessity. Have a rocket you can launch, land safely, and launch again? NASA wants you, now.
Six months after a rocket exploded in June, SpaceX is on the verge of taking to the sky again—with a souped up Falcon 9 booster more powerful than anything the commercial spaceflight company has ever launched.
Perhaps feeling a bit put out that Blue Origin stole its re-usable rocket thunder, commercial spaceflight company SpaceX is setting aside the whole landing a rocket on an ocean drone thing. Instead, for its next attempt to bring a Falcon 9 booster safely back to Earth from the great beyond, SpaceX wants to go whole…
In two years, SpaceX will begin ferrying astronauts into orbit. But before it can do so, the commercial spaceflight company must prove to NASA that its ride will be safe. A big part of that guarantee comes from the fire-breathing propulsion system pictured above.
In a major step forward for crewed commercial spaceflight, NASA has contracted private rocket company SpaceX to blast astronauts off US soil beginning in 2017.
Space is about to get crowded with the ventures of billionaire tech entrepreneurs. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just announced that his private space company Blue Origin will be taking over a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida that hasn’t been used in a decade.
After hanging out in storage for over a decade, the Deep Space Climate Observatory is finally being launched to monitor solar storms. The satellite is getting into space on the back of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which means we're also counting down to another historic barge landing attempt!
Last time we got too excited about SpaceX gearing up to attempt soft-landing on a barge, the launch was scrubbed. If the launch goes as scheduled on Tuesday morning, I have my fingers crossed the rocket will soft-land on an autonomous barge drone in the Atlantic Ocean. Update: Launch scrubbed, new window Friday.
Back in 1988, Richard Branson appeared on the BBC show "Going Live!" and fielded a call from a kid named Shihan Musafer. Shihan's question: "Have you ever thought about going into space?" 26 years later, the commercial spaceline Shihan inspired is poised to launch its first flight – and Branson wants help tracking…
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo underwent its second successful rocket-powered test flight yesterday, demonstrating its "wing-feathering" capabilities for the first time. In a video announcement released soon thereafter, Virgin CEO Richard Branson stated the company is "on track for a 2014 start of commercial service."…
Boeing is gunning for the contract to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, and yesterday it showed off its latest design for the insides of its intergalactic ferry, the CST-100 Space Capsule.
It looks way too good to be true, but this photo of Virgin Galactic's air-launched spaceplane is the real deal.
Virgin Airlines CEO Richard Branson recently gave an interview with CBS News in which he said that he's hoping to start a colony on Mars — and that he'd very much like to take part in it. He also spoke about his plans to offer two-hour commercial space flights for $200,000 a pop, and how he's driven by the desire to…
If you're a financial procrastinator living in the US, chances are that you're hurriedly working on your taxes in anticipation of the April 17th filing deadline. Wouldn't it be great if you could choose to support spaceflight with some of that hard-earned cash? You can't earmark your taxes for NASA, but there are a…
In the clearest indication yet that the future of space exploration lies as much in the private sector as government agencies, NASA announced it's offering $30.1 million for the first commercial group to land a probe on the Moon.