As evidenced by a stunning new test launch video, SpaceX is still hard at work on the next generation of reusable spacecrafts.
While we'll never really be happy about the retirement of the space shuttle, NASA is completely over it and looking towards the future of space transportation, which is going to be commercial. The agency announced today its selection of three companies which it hopes to certify to take its astronauts up to the ISS and back within the next five years.
Mars has been the hot hypothetical destination for space tourists in recent months, but a new commercial space travel company called Golden Spike wants to open up the Moon to science and tourism instead, by offering round trip tickets to the lunar surface for governments, businesses, and people with an obscene amount of money.
When SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully splashed down into the warm embrace of the Pacific ocean a few months ago, it meant that commercial spaceflight had finally arrived and was here to stay. We covered the mission from start to finish, but a new video from SpaceX itself (with lots of unique footage from launch to landing) is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
Here at DVICE, most of us are old enough to remember when "space tourism" was a term that people only took seriously in the context of science fiction novels and movies. Starting next year, Virgin Galactic will officially begin its regular sub-orbital service, anointing a half-dozen new astronauts every week.
We've been fairly sure that Virgin Galactic had always intended to get into the commercial satellite business with its fancy midair launch system, especially now that Stratolaunch is planning to do the same thing, just bigger. In a press release today, Virgin announced LauncherOne, its new low-cost LEO launch system.
Today saw SpaceX's Dragon capsule splashdown safely in the Pacific Ocean after its demonstration flight and visit to the International Space Station. Space exploration can now check off another milestone: the first time a commercial spacecraft resupplied a space station.