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Secretive X-37B space plane returns to Earth, two years on

The Air Force says that the almost one-of-a-kind spacecraft "conducted on-orbit experiments" in the the longest-ever mission for the X-37B program.

By October 17, 2014


Learning to fly: Future space tourists train like fighter pilots

With commercial space flight on the horizon, a Pennsylvania training center offers would-be astronauts a chance to experience the rigors of blasting off. CNET sister site SmartPlanet investigates.

By November 4, 2013


Motorcycle gets spacecraft propulsion parts

Spacecraft manufacturer XCOR comes up with an unusual two-wheeled way to test some critical bearing components from its rocket propellant piston pump.

By May 4, 2012


Rocket Racing League takes off with new engine, DKNY

The league, an aspiring Formula 1 for rocket racing, chooses a new liquid oxygen-alcohol engine from Armadillo Aerospace, a suborbital space company founded by Doom creator John Carmack.

By August 27, 2008


Upstart unveils tourist space suit

Washington, D.C., start-up Orbital Outfitters shows off a prototype of its first pressurized suit for the commercial space industry at the 2007 X Prize Cup.

By October 27, 2007


Rocket racing closer to reality

Group that aims to race high-speed rockets at 5,000 feet announces its first independent team.

By January 30, 2006


Never mind Nascar--let's race rockets!

The new Rocket Racing League is looking for a few good pilots--and a good swath of airspace.

By October 3, 2005