Virgin Galactic gave its spacecraft a first test flight Sunday. It glided to a perfect landing from an elevation of 45,000 feet. Virgin Galactic hopes to start flights for tourists within 18 months.
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, the VSS Enterprise, could make its first drop flights over California's Mojave Desert for glide and landing tests this fall, says the company.
Private spaceflight is entering a new era with the first test launch of the new Falcon 9 rocket Friday. Here are six companies vying to build a vessel that will carry civilians into space.
Human spaceflight today may be where the satellite business was early on: Governments initially handled everything, but eventually companies took over the business.
American space research returns to its original launching pad in Huntsville, Ala.