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Commercial Space Travel

Your Personal Space Journey: Blue Origin Advancing Ever Closer to Commercial Space Flight

Pam Stucky | Posted 07.22.2015 | Science
Pam Stucky

When New Horizons zipped by Pluto the other day, I read a comment somewhere that the oldest living person on Earth had been born before Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight ... and now we've sent a spacecraft to the most distant planet in our solar system, and beyond.

The Physical Effects of Living in Space Could Create a New Human Species

Chris Impey | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Chris Impey

What if one day we encounter aliens, and they are our descendants?

The Next Decade in Commercial Spaceflight

Kellie Gerardi | Posted 05.11.2015 | Science
Kellie Gerardi

We need to move beyond the "flags and footprints" missions and travel to space with the intent to stay, and Mars is our best bet. The good news is that the majority of the obstacles are economic, rather than engineering. The bad news is that it's a tough business case to close.

Space Travel and Risk

Brian Clegg | Posted 01.03.2015 | Science
Brian Clegg

It took around 60 years to get from the Wright Brothers in 1903 to airliners that had modern levels of risk. While we might compress the timeframe, it is not going to happen for spaceflights in a year or two.

SpaceShipTwo: Much More Than Just a Roller Coaster for the Rich

Jim Bell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science
Jim Bell

A significant part of their business model extends beyond tourism and into science. Realizing that they will be able to create an environment where weightlessness can be relatively frequently sustained for 4 to 6 minutes, Virgin Galactic has worked hard to create, advertise, promote, and implement true scientific research opportunities on SpaceShipTwo.

An Important Anniversary for the Spaceflight Industry

Eric Stallmer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
Eric Stallmer

Having worked in the spaceflight industry for just under 20 years, I can testify that for an industry full of rocket scientists, we can be a pretty sentimental bunch.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Satellite Into Orbit

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Aug 5 (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket thundered off its coastal launch ...

New Restrictions on NASA Contracts Compromise U.S. Leadership in Space

Michael Lopez-Alegria | Posted 08.24.2014 | Science
Michael Lopez-Alegria

Flying our astronauts should be a national strategic priority, and NASA should be free to continue expanding its use of public-private partnerships and building on its successes.

In 10 Years I Hope to Live on Mars

Kellie Gerardi | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science
Kellie Gerardi

People tend to get hung up on a small detail of this seriously cool mission. Here's the catch: it's a one way trip.

WATCH: Tail-Cam Captures Awesome Views Of Space Plane Flight

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.09.2013 | Science

From Stephen Hawking to Justin Bieber, scores of celebrities are raring to go to space by 2014. But for those of us who don't have $250,000 to shell o...

Tired Of The Same Old Funeral? Try An Out-Of-This World Space Burial

Lee Speigel | Posted 08.13.2013 | Weird News

The public's fascination with outer space travel has just beamed up a notch in what some might call a morbid manner. A new startup company called ...

Space Tourists' Health Risks Spotlighted In New Research

| Posted 12.16.2012 | Science

By Sid Perkins A future boom in space tourism will increasingly expose members of the public—or, at least those lucky few able to afford the ticket...

California Moves to Protect Private Space Jobs

Peter Navarro | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Peter Navarro

With its technical prowess no longer in doubt, what the private space industry needs now is to be left alone to percolate and develop market opportunities free from intrusive regulation and harassing litigation.

We Are Here to Build a NewSpace Industry

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 11.24.2012 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

As I watch the U.S. election process unfold, it is sad to see the amazing revolution that is the birth of a new U.S. commercial space industry ignored or, worse, trivialized and undercut by those who should be its champions.

Not Necessarily Your Last Venus Transit!

Jim Bell | Posted 08.03.2012 | Science
Jim Bell

The next pair of Venus transits won't be until 2117 and 2125. So, unless you are lucky and healthy enough to live for another 105 years, this will be your last chance to see a Venus transit from the surface of the Earth. But -- aha! there's the catch -- "from the surface of the Earth."

The New Space Race: The Next 30 Years of Human Exploration of Space

Richard Garriott | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science
Richard Garriott

So, why travel into space and why should tax payers pay for humans to travel beyond Earth? Because this exploration will return direct economic value beyond exploration, in areas such as energy and minerals.

Private Spaceflight Venture Gears Up For First Passenger Flights

Posted 02.09.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — This year is key for Virgin Galactic's bid to become the first commercial spaceliner service, as rocket-powered flights of it...

Va. Legislator Proposes Tax Subsidies For Space Burials

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.12.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The great unknown meets the great beyond meets tax policy. Virginia Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R) is proposing an $8,000 tax credit for p...

Mars Science Laboratory -- Product vs. Process

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

It has often seemed over the years that there are two government space programs. One is bold and experimental in its style and approach, giving me and the millions of other Americans who are paying for this something for our money.

Amazing Pictures Of Planned 'Space Hotel' Released

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 07.29.2013 | Technology

Orbital Technologies, a Russian space exploration firm, has released pictures of the Commercial Space Station, a "space hotel" that it plans to open f...

Watch: Space Needle's Out Of This World Contest

Posted 10.02.2011 | Travel

Seattle's Space Needle wants to is breaking through the final frontier to celebrate its golden anniversary. The Needle's management are running a ...

Saki Knafo

The New Space Biz: Companies Seek Cash In The Cosmos | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.21.2011 | Technology

Early Thursday morning, Naveen Jain switched on his iPad and watched the Atlantis space shuttle glide onto the runway of the Kennedy Space Center in C...

Apollo's Children and the NewSpace Revolution

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 09.21.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

The shuttle program ended this week just as we celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Apollo. It is poetic and yet sad. It also begs the question, what ne...

NASA's Constellation Hallucination and the Congressional Money Drug

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

Rather than leaving behind flags and footprints because we spent so much just getting off the Earth we can't afford to stay, NewSpace allows us to go anywhere in the solar system and stay there.

Entrepreneurs At Work On First Private Space Station | Kenneth Chang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Four years from now, the company [Bigelow Aerospace] plans for real modules to be launched and assembled into the solar system's first private space s...