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The First Private Rocket Launch In China Reaches 127,000 Feet: Following The Footsteps Of SpaceX

OneSpace Technologies became the first among private space companies in China to launch a rocket, after the successful maiden flight of the OS-X. OneSpace is following the footsteps of SpaceX, which is behind the Falcon 9 rocket.

Space May 20, 2018

First Luxury Space Hotel To Offer 'Astronaut In Training' Experience For $9.5 Million

Aurora Station guests can enjoy out-of-this-world comfort with a spacious facility while completing their 12-day basic spaceflight training. By the end of the orbital vacation, they are coming home with an astronaut certification from Orion Span.

Space April 7, 2018

Meet The New Glenn: Blue Origin's Declaration Of War Against SpaceX

The competition to become the first reusable rocket company might be coming sooner than once thought. Blue Origin, the aerospace company owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, has announced it is working on the New Glenn — the company's first rocket capable of going beyond LEO.

Space September 12, 2016

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Breaks Ground On New Rocket Facility In Florida

Blue Origin's new rocket facility in Florida will be large enough to accommodate the manufacturing of orbital rockets. The company is focusing its efforts on reusable rockets that could land and launch again and again.

Space June 29, 2016

Watch Livestream Blue Origin Reusable Rocket Launch And Attempt To (Crash) Land On Sunday

Blue Origin will attempt to land a rocket for the fourth time. This time, the event will be broadcast to the public.

Space June 19, 2016

Russia Wants To Build Reusable 'Space Cabs' For Permanent Human Base On Moon

A private rocket company in Russia is planning to build reusable 'space cabs' for a journey to the moon. The plan is part of a project to establish a permanent lunar base and kick-off spaceflight to Mars.

Space May 28, 2016

NASA Prepares Astronauts To Fly To ISS Aboard Private Spacecraft

NASA is preparing astronauts for the next manned mission to the International Space Station onboard the private CST-100 Starliner spacecraft by Boeing. NASA’s last manned mission was the Atlantis space launch in 2011.

Space April 29, 2016

Vector Space Systems Launched By Pair Of SpaceX Founders

Microsatellites weighing under 100 pounds could soon be brought into orbit quickly and cheaply, thanks to a new aerospace company. What inspired two founders of SpaceX to develop their own rocket?

Space April 27, 2016

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Plans For Human Test Flights By 2017

Private spaceflight company Blue Origin is eyeing crewed test flights of its reusable suborbital space vehicle starting next year. This was the first time its founder Jeff Bezos put a target date on its commercial flights.

Space March 9, 2016

Virgin Galactic To Unveil New Spaceship In February 2016: The Second SpaceShipTwo

Roughly one year after its SpaceShipTwo disintegrated and claimed the life of a pilot, Virgin Galactic is now back on track with its project. The private spaceflight company is gearing up to unveil a new version of the spaceship in early 2016, with tests to begin shortly after.

FUTURE TECH November 4, 2015

Mars One Headed For Failure? Details Surface, Marring Mission's Reputation

Mars One states it is planning to send the first colonists to the Red Planet in just 10 years, but is that really possible?

Space March 17, 2015

Pentagon Pushes Back Date for SpaceX to Compete for U.S. Military Satellite Launches

SpaceX will be allowed to bid on Defense Department launches, starting in the middle of 2015, the Pentagon announced. Why not now?

January 9, 2015

Need Storage Space? Clutter the Moon With Your Old Junk

Astrobotic is a new company offering the chance to send items to the Moon - could this be the start of hauling garbage to space?

Space December 12, 2014

SpaceX Daringly Aims to Land Rocket on Floating Ocean Platform

A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to land on a platform at sea for the first time. What could this mean for the future of the private space program.

Space December 10, 2014

Why privatized space exploration and NASA aren't done with each other

Private spaceflight is essential to exploration of space, despite recent setbacks, and collaborations with NASA will continue.

Space October 30, 2014

Dream Chaser drama: Sierra Nevada partners with Stratolaunch, challenges NASA

Sierra Nevada Corporation partners with Stratolaunch, files a lawsuit against NASA after not being awarded a contract. What is their plan to bring American astronauts back into space?

Space October 2, 2014

NASA 3D printer delivery to ISS astronauts delayed: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch rescheduled to Sept. 21

Launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a Dragon spacecraft loaded with supplies for space travelers aboard the International Space Station, has been delayed due to bad weather.

Space September 21, 2014

NASA calls for private communications net on Mars

Mars rovers need orbiting data networks to communicate with Earth, and now NASA is asking private industry to build a system capable of carrying out the task.

Space July 26, 2014

Cygnus spacecraft launches to International Space Station

Orbital Services has launched its second mission to resupply the International Space Station. Included in the mission were nearly three dozen satellites.

Space July 16, 2014

SpaceX wins FAA approval for Texas spaceport

Texas will be the location of the first privately owned launch facility in the world for vertical liftoff rockets.

Space July 16, 2014

Private space tourism balloon passes flight test, may go commercial in 2016

Space tourists could head to the edge of space by 2016, at a price lower than a trip around the world.

Space June 30, 2014

MIT students on Earth want to send time capsule to Mars by 2017. Cool!

Mars colonists in the future could find a time capsule from modern-day Earth, if a group of students at MIT get their way.

Space June 26, 2014

Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO: Humans will step on Mars by 2026

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is telling the press humans could walk on Mars by 2026. Can he pull it off?

Space June 18, 2014

Google wants a piece of Virgin Galactic. Space tourism will never be the same again

Virgin Galactic may soon see an investment from search company Google. Will that help Richard Branson's space venture get off the ground?

June 17, 2014

Citizen scientists make first contact, wakes up abandoned NASA ISEE-3

The ISEE-3 spacecraft, launched in 1978, is now under the control of a private group of amateur enthusiasts.

Space May 31, 2014

SpaceX Dragon V2 reusable spacecraft eyes 2017 launch: Who needs Russia when we have Elon Musk?

The Dragon V2 spacecraft from SpaceX has been unveiled. This is what the new vehicle could mean to the future of space travel.

Space May 30, 2014

NASA wants citizen scientists to take control over and rescue derelict satellite

The International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 was launched on a mission to explore the solar wind in 1978. It fell silent 21 years later, but now NASA has given the go-ahead for a group of amateur astronomers to resurrect the mission.

Space May 23, 2014

SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants ULA monopoly to end, sues to save U.S. Govt. $1 bn

Elon Musk and SpaceX have filed suit against the Air Force, claiming they were blocked from military launches. What could this mean for the future of Air Force satellites?

Space April 30, 2014

NASA plan for humans on Mars in the 2030s - will Mars One already be there?

The race for Mars is on. NASA details plans to visit the red planet years after Mars One plans to have its Martian colony operational.

Space April 13, 2014

Richard Branson concludes hunt for Virgin Galactic inspiration: Shihan Musafer

Virgin’s Richard Branson set out on to find the child who inspired him to create Virgin Galactic. The lucky child, now an adult, gets to witness an upcoming spaceflight.

Space April 13, 2014

SpaceX set to test grasshopper-like landing legs on Falcon 9 rocket

The booster on the next supply mission to the International Space Station by SpaceX will be guided to a soft landing over the water. How could this simple test revolutionize space travel?

Space February 26, 2014

Richard Branson will send you into space as early as this year... for a price

Tickets to space are now up for sale on Virgin Galactic website, and flights will be departing before the end of the year. Who gets to sit next to Angelina Jolie?

Space February 11, 2014

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