Space tourism

April 4, 2019

SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ Starship Prototype Just Aced Its 1st Hop, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX just fired up the “Starhopper” prototype for the company’s planned Starship spacecraft for the first time, according to company CEO Elon Musk. Musk confirmed the short rocket […]
April 3, 2019

Why Next-Generation Astronauts Will Need the ‘New Right Stuff’ for Space Travel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Successful space travel is going to take a lot more than brawn, brains and tech. During a talk at the Beyond the Cradle […]
March 30, 2019

Blue Origin studying repurposing of New Glenn upper stages

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Blue Origin has studied repurposing upper stages of its future New Glenn launch vehicle to serve as habitats or for other applications […]
February 26, 2019

The Challenges of Returning to Regular Life After Life in Space

In December 2018, Virgin Galactic made headlines by becoming the first “space tourism” company to reach the mesosphere, about 51 miles above the Earth’s surface. The […]
February 11, 2019

Virgin Galactic pilots join an exclusive club with FAA astronaut wings

WASHINGTON — The two pilots who flew SpaceShipTwo to the edge of space in December received commercial astronaut wings last week, joining an elite group that […]
January 25, 2019

Branson expects commercial SpaceShipTwo flights to begin in mid-2019

WASHINGTON — The founder of Virgin Galactic says he now expects to fly on the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle around the middle of this year after […]
January 21, 2019

Stratolaunch abandons launch vehicle program

WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch, the company founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen, said Jan. 18 that it is ending work on a launch vehicle that would […]
December 18, 2018

SpaceX, Blue Origin to launch within minutes of each other Today

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos will both look skyward Tuesday, as a Falcon 9 rocket hoists a military satellite and a New Shepard lifts several experiments […]
December 14, 2018

The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point

Celebrate the achievement, but please, recognize that commercial spaceflight has grown up since Virgin Galactic started the quest for space tourism. Everyone loves a successful space […]