By Alberto Cuadra and Katie Park, Published: Nov. 22, 2013
Until recently, sending cargo or people into Earth’s orbit was a task reserved for a handful of government agencies and contractors, but a new breed of entrepreneurs wants to make getting into space a much easier proposition. Some of these new companies are not only engaged in making space tourism a viable business but are also setting ambitious, long-term objectives, such as going to Mars. Read related article.
These are the companies working toward space travel.
See what the companies have built
These are the spacecrafts they are building.
See the space race
This is how far in space they have traveled or plan to go.
White KnightSpaceship Two
Biconic space vehicle
Carrier aircraftMulti-stage booster
SOURCE: NASA, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Sierra Nevada, Orbital Systems, Blue Origin, XCOR, Stratolaunch Systems.