Bezos' Rocket Landing a Big Step for Suborbital Spaceflight but Not Same as Falcon-9 Plans

Blue Origin flies and lands the world’s first fully reusable rocket from its launch site in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin flies and lands the world’s first fully reusable rocket from its launch site in West Texas. Credit: Blue Origin

Blue Origin made history Monday evening when the private aerospace company successfully launched and recovered their New Shepard launch vehicle from their launch site in West Texas. The vehicle reached an altitude of […]

XCOR's Lynx Reusable Launch Vehicle Approaches Completion

XCOR engineers are hard at work assembling and testing critical components of the Lynx reusable launch vehicle. Photo Credit: XCOR Aerospace

XCOR engineers are hard at work assembling and testing critical components of the Lynx reusable launch vehicle. Photo Credit: XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Aerospace, a spacecraft and rocket engineering company, is developing a new spacecraft that will take paying customers to the edge of space. The exciting suborbital vehicle is taking shape and meeting critical […]

Space Station International Docking Adapter Undergoes Tests for Starliner and Crew Dragon

Engineers in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, recently tested the mechanisms that will connect future commercial crew spacecraft with the second International Docking Adapter. IDA-2, as it’s called, will be taken to the space station on a future cargo resupply mission. It will be one of two connection points for commercial crew spacecraft visiting the orbiting laboratory. The systems and targets for IDA-2 are set to be put through extensive tests with both Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon before the adapter is loaded for launch.
Caption and Credit: NASA/Charles Babir

Engineers in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, recently tested the mechanisms that will connect future commercial crew spacecraft with the second International Docking Adapter. IDA-2, as it’s called, will be taken to the space station on a future cargo resupply mission. It will be one of two connection […]

NTSB Determines Probable Cause of Fatal SpaceShipTwo Crash, Unknown if Delays Contributed to Accident

The National Transportation and Safety Board met on July 28, 2015, to discuss the probably cause surrounding the fatal SpaceShipTwo accident that occurred in late October 2014. Photo Credit: NTSB

The National Transportation and Safety Board met on July 28, 2015, to discuss the probably cause surrounding the fatal SpaceShipTwo accident that occurred in late-October 2014. Photo Credit: NTSB

After a series of delays on the morning of Oct. 31, 2014, pilot Peter Siebold and co-pilot Michael Alsbury soared over the Mojave Desert on […]

XCOR’s Lynx Spaceplane Meets Development Milestone Leading Up to First Test Flight

The XCOR Lynx Mark I vehicle being fabricated at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, CA.  Photo: Mike Massee / XCOR Aerospace

The XCOR Lynx Mark I vehicle being fabricated at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif. Photo: Mike Massee / XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Aerospace proudly announced continued progress on its Lynx spaceplane, a suborbital spacecraft designed to take humans and payloads to the edge of space. The Lynx strakes, a major portion […]

Book Review: 'Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight'

The crew of STS-41D—launched in August 1984—boasted the commercial industry’s first astronaut, Charles Walker. He is pictured at top left (next to Judith Resnik). At bottom, crew members Mike Mullane, Steve Hawley, Hank Hartsfield, and Michael Coats smile for the camera. Photo Credit: NASA.

Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight was published by […]

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Roars Through Second Supersonic Flight

On Sept. 5, 2013, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo was released from its carrier aircraft and proceeded to conduct its second supersonic flight. Photo Credit: Mars Scientific / Clay Center Observatory

At 8 a.m. PDT, over the deserts of Mojave, Calif., Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2), ferried aloft by the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft, was released, and […]

XCOR Update on Lynx Rocket Plane

XCOR welder, machinist and fabricator Eber West performs a test weld for a fixture to mount the Lynx truss to a firewall test stand. Photo Credit: XCOR

For many weeks and months the XCOR Team has been hard at work on a journey like no other, building Lynx. We would like to share that […]

On @ The 90: The Myopia Problem

Will the commercialization of space accomplish all that proponents say it will? Image Credit: NASA

It is the year 3013, one thousand years into the future. Looking up into the night sky, you see a crescent Moon that is crisscrossed by a sparkling web of city lights. Millions of people are routinely working, living, […]

Launch Complex 39A for Lease?

NASA has announced that Launch Complex 39A will be open to take on commercial clients. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — NASA is moving ahead with the space agency’s efforts to cede control of key structures and facilities as Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Through a synopsis released May […]