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Photos of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and spaceship offer a peek at Jeff Bezos' first-class flight to the edge of space

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin employees celebrate the New Shepard rocket booster's first landing. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos plans to launch to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket as early as July 20, alongside his brother and two guests who have not yet been named. The group will be the vehicle's first passengers. Photos of the rocket and spaceship offer a peek at Bezos' upcoming flight, which will be unlike any human spaceflight before it. In just 11 minutes, New Shepa...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, Science, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, Spaceships, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Blue Origin, Mark, Jeff, Bezos, West Texas


Winning bid for a seat on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft goes for $28 million

Jeff Bezos inside a New Shepard Crew Capsule mockup. The first tourist on Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft will pay $28 million for the trip to the edge of space. The company began taking bids last month for a seat on the spacecraft in its first crewed trip set for July 20. The winner of the auction will fly on the spacecraft with Jeff Bezos and his brother for 11 minutes. See more stories on Insider's business page. The winning bid for a seat on Blue Origin's first-ev...
Tags: Amazon, Science, News, Trends, Space Tourism, Rocket, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Bezos, Victoria Cavaliere, New Shepard, Jeff Bezos Blue Origin, Tech Insider, Mark Bezos, Space Tourists


Miami and Space - the new battlegrounds for tech's top egos

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:Miami techies bristle at Silicon Valley "saviors"Palantir's TikTok astro-momThe most promising startups of 2021 Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. Soundtrack: This week's newsletter has been specially designed to be consumed while listening to David Bowie's "Starman." This week: Tech egos are clashing, from the shores of Miami to...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Space, Science, Enterprise, Microsoft, Softbank, America, Newsletter, Trends, Virgin Galactic, David Bowie, Venture Capital, Richard Branson, Miami, Silicon Valley


Rocket men: Bezos, Musk and Branson scramble for space supremacy

Experts say three billionaires have upended the traditional model for human spaceflight and are shaping a thriving new eraIt was a week in which two space-faring billionaires tussled again in their futuristic game of cosmic oneupmanship. And this time, for once, Elon Musk was not at the party.The declaration that Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and world’s richest man, was heading into space next month on the first crewed launch of his Blue Origin New Shepard rocket was followed quickly by an app...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, World news, US news, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Bezos Musk


Discovery Channel's reality show 'Who Wants to Be An Astronaut?' will send the winner to the ISS. Its producers hope it will show that space travel can be made accessible to ordinary people.

The winner will journey to the ISS in 2022. Reuters Discovery Channel recently announced a new reality show that will send its winner to the ISS. The mission is expected to take place in 2022. Contestants will be expected to undergo "extreme" challenges based on real astronaut training. See more stories on Insider's business page. There's no shortage of companies offering to blast tourists into space. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Trends, Earth, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Branson, Bezos, Peterson, Ricci


Discovery Channel's reality show 'Who Wants to Be An Astronaut?' will send the winner to the ISS. Producers hope it will show that space travel can be made accessible to ordinary people.

The winner will journey to the ISS in 2022. Reuters Discovery Channel recently announced a new reality show that will send its winner to the ISS. The mission is expected to take place in 2022. Contestants will be expected to undergo "extreme" challenges based on real astronaut training. See more stories on Insider's business page. There's no shortage of companies offering to blast tourists into space. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Trends, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Discovery Channel, Branson, Bezos, Peterson, International Space Station ISS


Unconfirmed report suggests Branson may try to beat Bezos into space - and Virgin Galactic didn't deny it

Jeff Bezos (left) and Richard Branson (right) may be in a very tight space race. Alex Wong/Getty Images; Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson may try to beat Jeff Bezos to space next month, an industry blog suggests. Virgin Galactic did not deny the claim when asked by Insider, saying that Branson is expected to fly in the summer. An outside expert says the rumored July 4 weekend launch date is "very doable." See more stories on Insider's business page....
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Faa, Rocket Launch, Branson, Billionaire, Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Origin, Elon


Space tourism is about to take off. Here's how firms like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX are making sure visitors' bodies can survive the trip.

SpaceX Companies are preparing to take tourists to the edge of space as soon as 2022. Bidding for a seat onboard a Blue Origin spaceship has reached a whopping $2.8 million. As voyages get longer, training regimens will make sure humans can handle the trip. See more stories on Insider's business page. Companies like Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin are gearing up to send tourists to the edge of space - and eventually, beyond - But for ordinary...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Space X, Blue Origin, Afp, New Shepard


Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is auctioning off a seat on its space tourism rocket set to launch in July

SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Blue Origin is auctioning off a single ticket for a space tour on July 20. Bidding for the first space tour began on Wednesday and will go through June 12. The company released a video announcing its plans to start selling rides on its New Shepard rocket last week. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin is auctioning off a seat on its first-ever space tourism flight.It will be the New Shepard's first fl...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Texas, Science, News, Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Space Exploration, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Blue Origin


Will Virgin Galactic ever lift off?

It’s taken 17 years, with many setbacks and some deaths, and still Richard Branson’s space mission is yet to launchRichard Branson was running almost 15 years late. But as we rode into the Mojave desert on the morning of 12 December 2018, he was feeling upbeat and untroubled by the past. He wore jeans, a leather jacket and the easy smile of someone used to being behind schedule.Branson hadn’t exactly squandered the past 15 years. He’d become a grandfather, moved to a private island in the Caribb...
Tags: Business, Space, Science, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, Branson, Caribbean


Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin will soon begin selling tickets for rides on its space-tourism rocket

Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin Getty Images / Blue Origin Blue Origin released a video announcing its plans to start selling rides on its New Shepard rocket. The company said it plans to release more details on the space tours on May 5. Tickets are expected to be competitive with Virgin Galactic's space tours at around $250,000. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin will soon begin selling tickets for space tours on its New Shepa...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Texas, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Space Exploration, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Bezos, West Texas


Virgin Galactic unveiled its newest spacecraft that will take tourists to suborbital space - check out the VSS Imagine

Virgin Galactic's newest Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic unveiled its latest spacecraft on Tuesday, the VSS Imagine. It's the first of a new class of vehicles the firm is developing for suborbital space tourism. VSS Imagine will begin testing this summer, the company said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic on Tuesday unveiled its newest spacecraft, the VSS Imagine. It's the first of the company's third-generation SpaceS...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Science, News, Trends, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, Spacecraft, Commercial Space Flight, Michael Colglazier, Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic, Tim Levin, VSS Imagine, New Mexico Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic VSS


A Spanish startup is offering trips to space in helium balloons as a cheaper alternative to SpaceX

Setting off from Andalucia in the south of the country, the space trip will take six hours. Zero 2 Infinity Spanish startup Zero 2 Infinity will soon be launching operational helium balloon space flights. Tourists will be taken 40 kilometers above Earth, allowing them to enjoy the "overview effect." As well as being lower cost, it's a lower risk operation than more ambitious missions like SpaceX. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Founded in 2009 by Jose Mariano Lopez-...
Tags: Travel, Space, Spacex, Science, Life, International, Trends, Spain, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Space Flight, Mars, Andalucia


23andMe Is Going Public

Genetics testing giant 23andMe is officially going public. Read more...
Tags: Science, Finance, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, 23andMe, SPAC, Corporate Finance, Businesspeople, Special Purpose Acquisition Company, Business_finance, Applied Genetics, Biological Databases


Virgin’s LauncherOne Rocket Reaches Orbit for the First Time and Drops Off NASA Satellites

The commercial race to space just got a little more crowded. Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, Virgin Galactic’s sister company, has successfully launched a rocket into orbit for the first time. It also managed to successfully deliver payloads for a customer, NASA, dropping off a number of nanosatellites sponsored by…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, Spaceflight, Boeing 747, Outer Space, CubeSat, Aabar Investments, Virgin Orbit, LauncherOne, Small Satellite, Space Industry, Cosmic Girl, Air Launch To Orbit


Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space eight months after first flight

LauncherOne rocket carries very small satellites First demonstration launch failed in May last yearRichard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said. Related: Virgin Orbit looks into cause of LauncherOne test failure Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Space, Science, California, World news, US news, Satellites, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Branson, Virgin Orbit


Watch live: Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin are launching a rocket that could make way for space tourist flights this year

Blue Origin's reusable New Shepard suborbital rocket launches toward space in 2016. Blue Origin Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos, plans to attempt the 14th flight of its New Shepard rocket system on Thursday morning from West Texas. The rocket has a capsule designed to fly six people beyond the unofficial boundary of space, or about 100 kilometers (62 miles) above Earth's surface. No human space tourists will fly aboard the capsule, but a crash-test dummy named "Ma...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Space Tourism, Spaceships, Richard Branson, Rockets, Jeff Bezos, Tom Cruise, Spaceflight, Rocket Launch


Virgin Galactic Aborts New Mexico Launch Because of Rocket Motor Issues

Nearly two years after its last flight, Virgin Galactic—the space tourism venture founded by Richard Branson, another billionaire who loves space—aborted the scheduled test launch of its SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into suborbital space today because of an issue with its rocket motor.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic Aborts New Mexico


Contestants will compete for a SpaceX trip to the International Space Station in new reality TV show

There’s a reality TV competition show in the works that will feature a 2023 trip to the International Space Station as the grand prize, Deadline reports. The production company behind the show, which will be called ‘Space Hero,’ has booked a seat on a SpaceX Dragon crew spacecraft set to make the trip to the ISS in 2023, and will make it the reward for whoever comes out the winner in a competition among “everyday people from any background who share a deep love for space exploration,” accordi...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Media, Nbc, US, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Survivor, Space Exploration, Richard Branson, Astronaut


Weekly Roundup, Friday 28 August 2020

Has the growth in air travel numbers stalled? See article, below.  Good morningI had a small epiphany on Thursday, when I saw Cologne in Germany announcing it will not have any Christmas markets this year.  I’d been hoping against hope that perhaps there might have been a chance to offer you a Christmas Markets experience this year, the same as most previous years.  But, no.  It is now unavoidably clear this will not be possible, and I’m increasingly realizing that when you said, a few weeks a...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Elon Musk, England, Science, Hotels, Germany, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Cologne, Canada, Current Affairs, Southampton, Virgin Galactic, Delta


WATCH: Virgin Galactic spaceship new cabin design reveal

I'd totally go. Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic unveiled a new cabin design today, and streamed the launch event live. Watch the replay here, and sign up for a trip if you've got plenty of cash and don't mind waiting.
Tags: Video, Space, Science, Design, News, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Aviation, Space Flight, Spaceflight


Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit rocket test launch fails

Mission terminated early in flight over Pacific Ocean off coast of southern CaliforniaRichard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first test launch of a new rocket carried by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California.The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments after the rocket was dropped from beneath the left wing of the jumbo jet, dubbed “Cosmic Girl”. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Space, Science, California, UK News, World news, Richard Branson, Boeing, Pacific Ocean, CaliforniaRichard Branson


Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt, 'next big test ASAP' for Richard Branson’s spaceflight firm

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed on its first rocket launch attempt, which took place out of the Mojave Spaceport in Southern California. Here's a quick shot from takeoff. pic.twitter.com/7nt1u58ogs — Virgin Orbit (@Virgin_Orbit) May 25, 2020 The small satellite launcher's first live launch test took place on Monday, May 25, the Memorial Day holiday in the United States. In a series of tweets, the company stated: In this first launch demo, we successfully completed all of our ...
Tags: Post, Business, Space, Science, United States, Richard Branson, Space Flight, Spaceflight, Southern California, Eric Berger, Jonathan McDowell, Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Orbit, Mojave Spaceport


Richard Branson to sell $500m worth of Virgin Galactic shares

Billionaire puts more than fifth of stake up for sale to help prop up airline and rest of groupCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSir Richard Branson is to sell $500m (£405m) in Virgin Galactic shares in order to prop up his airline and leisure interests, which have been ravaged by the coronavirus crisis.In a statement to the New York Stock Exchange, Branson’s Virgin Group said it intended to sell 25m shares via a series of transactions, prompting a 5% fall in the...
Tags: Business, Science, Virgin Galactic, Airline Industry, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic, Coronavirus outbreak, New York Stock Exchange Branson 's Virgin Group


Virgin Galactic: Unity rocket ship moves to operational base

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


Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 January 2020

What are these amazing and enormous creatures (not horses)? They’re something we’ll see on one of this year’s Travel Insider Tours. See the following article for details on the tours and what they feature. Good morningWe’re now definitely into the third decade of the 21st century, but I’m still captivated by the special feeling that the number 2020 gives me.  I hope your special year is shaping up to indeed be special, in the most positive meaning of the term.Talking about special, I am trying...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, New York, Science, Washington, Trains, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Samsung, Newsletter, Tech, Iran, Nasa


Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 November, 2019

The new Tesla Cyber Truck was unveiled on Thursday evening.  Ugly or beautiful?  An embarrassing thing happened during the unveiling of what is described on their website as “an exterior shell made for ultimate durability and passenger protection. Starting with a nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armor glass”. Details in the Space article, below. Good morning...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Japan, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Science, London, Miscellaneous, Cars, Newsletter, Tesla, Nasa, Bbc, David


Virgin Galactic soars and then levels off on first day as publicly traded space company

Like the rocket plane it operates, Virgin Galactic's stock price blasted off on its first day as a publicly traded company, and then glided to a somewhat lower altitude. The company, founded 15 years ago by British billionaire Richard Branson, now bills itself as the "world's first and only publicly traded commercial human spaceflight company." It went public today thanks to a merger with a special-purpose vehicle known as Social Capital Hedosophia, or SCH. SCH took on a 49% share of the...
Tags: Science, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, New York Stock Exchange, Social Capital Hedosophia, Virgin Galactic Holdings


Richard Branson: ‘Aviation can be carbon neutral sooner than we realise’

The relentlessly upbeat entrepreneur believes efficiency and electricity could stop airlines worsening the climate crisisLife has been quite a trip for Sir Richard Branson so far, and this weekend will be no exception as he flies to the US from Tel Aviv via London with space rockets on his mind. He is heading to Wall Street to ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange as his spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, becomes a listed company tomorrow. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Virgin Galactic, Airline Industry, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Hyperloop, Virgin Atlantic


Virgin Galactic becomes the first public space tourism company on Monday

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic wil find out what the public markets think of its ambitious plan to make commercial space tourism a reality on Monday. The company’s shareholders have approved a merger announced earlier this year with Chamath Palihapitiya’s special Social Capital Hedosophia holding company, and that will take effect Friday, followed by a debut on the NYSE for the newly merged public entity on Monday. Virgin Galactic and Palihapitiya announced the arrangement back in Ju...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, Richard Branson, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Chamath Palihapitiya, Nyse, Outer Space, Palihapitiya, Virgin Orbit, Social Capital Hedosophia



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