Private spaceflight

Returning from the free-fall environment of orbit to the normal forces of gravity on Earth is often disorienting for astronauts. A water landing adds the possibility of seasickness. During a news conference...

Maverick has called space. The Inspiration4 crew has talked to the actor Tom Cruise: Maverick was the call sign of his fighter pilot character in the 1986 movie “Top Gun.” Rook, Nova, Hanks, and Leo...

In addition to Jared Isaacman, the mission’s commander, there are three more astronauts aboard the flight. Hayley Arceneaux, 29, is a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis....

The launch could occur as early as 8:02 p.m. But the action will begin hours before that. If the schedule is similar to SpaceX’s earlier NASA astronaut flights, then about three and a half hours before...

If you were hoping to buy a ticket to space on one of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space planes, you’ll probably wish you bought one seven years ago. On Thursday, Virgin Galactic announced that...

When Jeff Bezos blasted into space on Tuesday, he wasn’t channeling the Apollo astronauts in at least one respect: his sartorial choice. Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, told NBC’s “Today” show...

Not long after Richard Branson re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday, he and other employees of his Virgin Galactic venture boasted that the company would greatly expand opportunities for the general...

SpaceX is getting ready to rise over South Texas on Wednesday in the latest test of a prototype of its Starship spacecraft. A future model of the vehicle is central to the goal of Elon Musk, the rocket...

Boeing will test the safety system of its commercial spacecraft on Monday morning, bringing the American aerospace industry one step closer to launching astronauts to the International Space Station for...

NASA is going to land on the moon again, maybe as soon as next year. It will still be a while — no sooner than 2024 — before any astronauts return, but NASA plans to send a series of small robotic...

Fourteen months ago, SpaceX’s giant Falcon Heavy rocket roared majestically off the launchpad for the first time. It became the most powerful rocket in operation on Earth today. The launch was only...

For the second time in three months, Virgin Galactic on Friday sent a small vessel from the Mojave Desert all the way up to the edge of space. It was the company’s fifth supersonic-powered test flight,...