The budget sequester could cause delays for the planned NASA manned flight in 2017.
As space technology in the United States is increasingly taking a market swing towards the private sector, well-known NASA compatriot SpaceX has just demonstrated another feat free of government intervention - a rocket that has is reusable after a leap into the skies.
It was a harrowing few hours for both SpaceX and NASA as the private space corporation hired to ferry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) hit a snag - the Dragon capsule's thrusters malfunctioned. Thanks to some quick on-the-feet thinking, however, the crisis has been averted, and the capsule is on its way to astronauts aboard the ISS, albeit with a slightly later ETA.
Private space exploration company SpaceX is planning its next payload delivery via rocket to the International Space Station on Mar. 1.
SpaceX, the private commercial space flight company, is planning to put some of its own employee astronauts into orbit by 2015.
SpaceX has successfully tested a reusable rocket that could someday help cut down on the expense and waste of launching objects into space.
Each private company will receive roughly $10 million each to develop and certify space vehicles that will transport NASA's crew and materials to the International Space Station.
a company founded by former NASA scientists involved in the Apollo missions is hoping to offer tourist flights to the moon by 2020.
Satellite operator Orbcomm announced on Friday that a prototype satellite was lost after one of the engines on SpaceX's Falcon 9 failed early during Sunday's launch towards the International Space Station.
The privately owned company is the first to launch a resupply mission to the space station from the United States.
The private space travel company, SpaceX, completed its final testing before its resupply mission on Sunday.
As budget cuts hit NASA, the United States will be increasingly reliant on the private sector to help spur progress towards the eventual settlement of Mars.