Virgin Galactic says it's on track to begin tours of space in 2014

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo underwent its second successful rocket-powered test flight yesterday, demonstrating its "wing-feathering" capabilities for the first time. In a video announcement released soon thereafter, Virgin CEO Richard Branson stated the company is "on track for a 2014 start of commercial service."… » 9/06/13 6:20am 9/06/13 6:20am

To become an astronaut, all you need to do is pass the Kármán line

The Kármán line is an artificial boundary in Earth's atmosphere that divides space missions from aeronautics missions — passing the line turns a run-of-the-mill pilot into an astronaut. And this obscure boundary may become extremely important as we enter the era of space tourism.

A plane, aircraft, or other object… » 4/24/13 9:40am 4/24/13 9:40am

UK start-up will fly you to the moon for $150 million

The entire Apollo mission cost the U.S. government around $20 billion dollars — but if a U.K. start-up has its way, you could charter a trip for a flight around the Moon for the modest price of $150 million. In order to get you there, the company is looking to use tried-and-true technologies developed by the Soviet… » 6/29/12 12:12pm 6/29/12 12:12pm

Could Brazil be the next space superpower?

The world's sixth largest economy is making giant leaps to bolster their launch capabilities and joining with several countries to aid in their space efforts. Let's take a look at Brazil's recent space endeavors, joint projects, plans for the future, and a nice little boost in store for those launching a rocket from a… » 3/09/12 10:35am 3/09/12 10:35am

A Bubble On The New Wave Of Space Travel

Got an extra $100K burning a hole in your pocket? You could be one of the first space tourists to travel up in this new bubble-shaped sub-orbital vessel, which accords travelers a 360 degree view of space. The state of New Mexico is partnering with two firms to create the vessels, and this is one possible design.… » 10/24/08 4:20pm 10/24/08 4:20pm

Five Ways Reality Went Sci-Fi So Far This Century

We love a good science fiction story, but sometimes reality is just as strange. While we may have seen 2001 come and go without an actual space odyssey, the last eight years have been full of events that - had they not actually happened - could easily pass for science fiction. Here are five real life events that… » 7/20/08 12:00pm 7/20/08 12:00pm

What To Wear For Your Outer Space Wedding Party

Space tourism company Rocketplane Kistler wants their customers to fly in style. Last year, they collaborated with JAXA to hold a space fashion contest in Tokyo. Space Style 2007, a fashion event held by the California Space Authority late last year, brought these designs stateside as part of an interplanetary runway… » 1/02/08 1:00pm 1/02/08 1:00pm