Virgin Galactic’s quest for space

Richard Branson knows the agony of space flight. After years of setbacks, he’s set on triumph.

Follow The Washington Post on Snapchat, Flipboard and Apple News for an exclusive look inside NASA’s Commercial Crew program.

Where does space begin?

As Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic prepares to eventually fly its first customers, the question remains.

Gridlock in the sky

The space industry wants to launch more rockets through an already congested airspace. The airline industry says that will lead to more flight delays.

Target test flight schedule

Boeing and SpaceX were awarded contracts from NASA to develop spacecraft capable of flying crews to the International Space Station. They have been in a race to see which company would fly first.

January 2019: SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed)

March 2019: Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed)

June 2019: SpaceX Demo-2 (crewed)

August 2019: Boeing Crew Flight Test (crewed)

Note: Schedule reflects the most recently released dates by NASA.

The unsung astronauts

As NASA prepares to launch humans from the U.S. again, the nature of space flight and who does it is changing once more.

KidsPost explores American spaceflight

KidsPost contest winners

We asked kids to show us what “America’s Return to Space” looks like. Here is a selection of their creations.

Journey to Space

Get your copy of KidsPost's "Journey to Space" poster for $10, while supplies last at

A new mission

A look at some of the challenges, tools and inspiration for today’s kids, who will be the generation that travels to Mars.

NASA announces crews: These are the first astronauts who will fly in SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft for NASA's Commercial Crew program and relaunch human space flights from U.S. soil. From left: Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Nicole Mann, Chris Ferguson, Eric Boe, Josh Cassada and Sunita Williams. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The company astronaut

Chris Ferguson flew with NASA before. Now, he’s returning as a citizen test pilot for the first flight of Boeing’s commercial craft.

Will NASA rockets carry a logo?

NASA's administrator has directed the agency to look at boosting its brand by selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft.

Want to be the first to listen?

We're exploring space travel in an upcoming podcast. Share your interests here, and sign up to be notified when it launches.

Follow NASA's new mission to send people to space.

The story must be told.
Your subscription supports journalism that matters.


Christian Davenport covers the defense and space industries for The Washington Post's Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000 and has served as an editor on the Metro desk and as a reporter covering military affairs. He is the author of "The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos" (PublicAffairs, 2018). Follow @wapodavenport .

Originally published Sept. 11, 2018.

Video by Whitney Leaming and Whitney Shefte. Photos by Jonathan Newton and NASA. Photo Editing by Thomas Simonetti and Robert Miller. Project management by Julie Vitkovskaya. Design and development by Courtney Kan.


Most Read

Follow Post Graphics