Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

A California company owned by UK businessman Sir Richard Branson fails to launch a rocket to orbit.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 25, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: commercial-space-travel space-exploration newquay california richard-branson

Nasa SpaceX launch: Who are the astronauts?

BBC News profiles the space travellers who will launch in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule on Wednesday.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
May 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: astronauts florida spacex commercial-space-travel international-space-station united-states space-exploration nasa houston elon-musk space

Nasa SpaceX launch: 10 questions about the mission

BBC News answers questions about the first orbital launch of astronauts from US soil in nine years.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
May 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: florida spacex commercial-space-travel united-states space-exploration nasa elon-musk

Virgin Galactic: Unity rocket ship moves to operational base

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket plane transfers to New Mexico for final testing.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Feb. 14, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: commercial-space-travel space-exploration richard-branson

Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Blue Origins claims that the lunar lander will be able to take humans to the Moon's south pole by 2024.

By Mary-Ann Russon • bbcnews
May 10, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: commercial-space-travel blue-origin jeff-bezos moon amazon

SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly' during tests in Florida

There are plans to launch a manned mission to the International Space Station later this year.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
April 21, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: spacex commercial-space-travel international-space-station united-states

Beresheet spacecraft: 'Technical glitch' led to Moon crash

Preliminary data suggests a technical glitch caused the Beresheet spacecraft to shut down its main engine at the wrong time.

By Rebecca Morelle • bbcnews
April 12, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: commercial-space-travel space-exploration israel moon israel-space-agency beresheet-spacecraft

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft to attempt Moon landing

An Israeli spacecraft will try to touch down on the lunar surface today.

By Rebecca Morelle • bbcnews
April 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: commercial-space-travel space-exploration israel moon israel-space-agency beresheet-spacecraft

Dragon in graphics

How Elon Musk's Crew Dragon spaceship goes to, and returns from, the International Space Station.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
March 7, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: spacex commercial-space-travel

Virgin's Unity plane rockets skyward

Scottish pilot Dave Mackay pushes Virgin Galactic's rocket plane faster and higher than it's ever been.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Feb. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: commercial-space-travel jeff-bezos space-exploration amazon aerospace california richard-branson

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