Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused By Lack of Oversight 

An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship’s braking system too early. The incident, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board’s report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures. » 7/28/15 12:45pm 7/28/15 12:45pm

New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space

Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum. » 4/30/15 12:14pm 4/30/15 12:14pm

Boeing and SpaceX Will Share NASA's $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Program

NASA just announced a critical component of Launch America, the country's highly anticipated next chapter in human spaceflight. The organization confirmed in a press conference today that Boeing and SpaceX will split the $6.8 billion "space taxi" contract, with $4.2 billion going to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. » 9/16/14 4:23pm 9/16/14 4:23pm

300 Years of Imaginary Space Flight, From Geese to Anti-Gravity Ships

Long before space flight was possible, the human imagination was already charting a course through the stars. Our ideas have been varied and fanciful. The Library of Congress recently collected some of these imaginary space vehicles, which go all the way back to the 1630s. » 1/06/14 3:40pm 1/06/14 3:40pm

Edison's Conquest of Mars (1889)

Virgin Galactic Will Help Monitor Climate As Well As Fly You to Space

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo » 9/30/08 4:23am 9/30/08 4:23am and SpaceShipTwo aircraft will be doing the world a favor when they start flying paying passengers into space: they'll be carrying sensors aboard to monitor greenhouse gases at a little-monitored altitude. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just signed a deal with…

SpaceX Falcon 1 Finally Gets Into Orbit, Makes History

After three failed attempts, one scattering of Scotty's ashes » 9/28/08 8:25pm 9/28/08 8:25pm over the Pacific Ocean, and a few mid-air explosions, the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket has finally reached orbit. The achievement marks a major milestone for Elon Musk, whose visions of a privately-funded rocket program appeared just out of reach until today's…

Update: SpaceX Falcon 1 Rocket Blew Up, Fourth Time's the Charm?

Bad news for private space flight aficionados-SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket lifted off live via webcast last night, and then proceded to blow up spectacularly in the sky over the Pacific Ocean. If you were following along on the official SpaceX website, you probably saw this: "20:38 PDT — We have heard from launch control… » 8/03/08 9:01am 8/03/08 9:01am

SpaceX Launches Falcon 1 Into Space, Deemed 95% Successful

Private citizens from space exploration company Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) sent a rocket into space yesterday. The Falcon 1 lifted off the launch pad at 6:10pm California time, and flew 200 miles into space before a malfunction in the second stage sent the spacecraft into a spin. » 3/21/07 10:27am 3/21/07 10:27am

It's In the Can: Masten Space Systems Offers to Launch Your Stuff Into…

Do you want to launch something into space? Anything? You'll be able to do that for $99 with a CanSat module from Masten Space Systems. The company is now selling $99 payload slots, where you put whatever you want into one of the CanSat modules, as long as it doesn't weigh more than 350 grams. If you have some bigger… » 4/13/06 9:47am 4/13/06 9:47am