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NASA is keeping a watchful eye on Jeff Bezos and other billionaires competing in the space race, according to the agency's chief

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson. Patrick Pleul/Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images; Hollis Johnson/Insider NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said he is keeping an eye on Jeff Bezos' space plans. Space won't be the Wild West for billionaires, Nelson suggested in a FoxBusiness interview. His message addresses a rise in commercial space travel fuelled by the ultra-wealthy. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's only weeks until Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos blasts off...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Branson, Nelson, Blue Origin


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


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


Jeff Bezos will spend just 3 minutes in space, without a pilot. His launch will be unlike any prior US spaceflight.

Jeff Bezos (left) is set to launch aboard the New Shepard rocket (right) on July 20. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Blue Origin Jeff Bezos plans to launch into space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on July 20. Bezos, his brother, and an auction winner will experience weightlessness for three minutes. This spaceflight will be unlike any prior US launch, with no pilot and possibly no spacesuits. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos is preparing to rocket...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Spaceships, Jeff Bezos, Orbit, Rocket Launch, Blue Origin, Mark, Bezos


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


Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Nails Its First Space Flight in Two Years

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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


Supersonic jet company Aerion partners with NASA on high-speed point-to-point travel

Aerion has been working on ushering in a new era of commercial supersonic flight for nearly a decade now, and the company just revealed that it has signed a new partnership with NASA to put that experience to use in the pursuit of supersonic point-to-point travel – the technical name for putting the kind of high-speed flight typically associated with space launches to use in helping people move very quickly from one place on Earth to another. The new collaboration comes via the Space Act Agreeme...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, United States, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Transport, Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Mach, Aerion, Sound Barrier


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


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


Booze has a long history on the space station - even though NASA has banned drinking in space for almost 50 years

Researchers with Space Cargo Unlimited prepare bottles of French red wine to be flown aboard a Northrop Grumman capsule to the International Space Station, November 2, 2019. Associated Press Researchers sent red wine into orbit last year so astronauts could study how space affects it. It's not the first time booze launched into space: Russian cosmonauts have smuggled liquor into orbit, and NASA astronauts have occasionally indulged, though NASA banned drinking in orbit. More alcohol consu...
Tags: Europe, Elon Musk, Science, France, Virginia, Alcohol, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Luxembourg, Wine, Mars, Astronauts


Virgin Orbit targets launch window on December 19 for second orbital test launch

Virgin Orbit has announced the target timing for its next orbital flight attempt, which follows a demonstration launch earlier this year that went mostly well — right up until its rocket separated from the carrier launch craft and fired up its own engines for the crucial rest of the trip to space. The company says that it’s undertaken a number of upgrades based on that first try, however, including updates to the engine systems, carrier aircraft and data systems to hopefully have a better dem...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rocketry, Outer Space, Rocket Lab, Virgin Orbit, LauncherOne


Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this this fall’

Virgin Galactic is getting ready to fly its first mission to space from its Spaceport America facility in New Mexico. This is the site that the company will use to host all of its commercial flights, and making it to space from this launch locale is crucial to getting to that point. Earlier this year, Virgin Galactic successfully flew a number of tests of its SpaceShipTwo launch craft from New Mexico, but these didn’t include a trip to space. That launch, which will be performed by two of ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, New Mexico, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spaceport, Outer Space, Stern, Spaceport America, Alan Stern


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


Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

Virgin Galactic is making strides towards its goal of creating high-speed commercial aircraft that operates a little closer to Earth than its existing passenger spacecraft. The company revealed the initial design of the commercial passenger airplane it’s creating that’s designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 3 – faster than the average cruising speed of around Mach 2 that the original Concorde achieved. This concept design comes alongside a new partnership for Virgin Galactic, by way ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Concorde, Virgin, Aviation, Rolls Royce, Aerospace, Mach, xB


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


NASA to establish a system for flying astronauts and researchers on suborbital commercial spacecraft

NASA is going to chart a path for its astronauts and other personnel to take part in future commercial suborbital spaceflight missions, letting the agency conduct experiments and do research aboard suborbital human spacecraft – including, potentially, vehicles like Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The agency isn’t naming any individual providers yet, however, since the announcement of this program is also accompanied by an official Request for Information (RFI) seeking industry input to pave t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Iss, Aerospace, Boeing, NASA Headquarters, Request for Information RFI, Phil McAlister


Virgin Galactic to buy seats on rockets and train private astronauts for Space Station trips

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic has just revealed a novel extension of their business mode, through a new agreement signed with NASA enabled by the Space Act Agreement. The arrangement will see Virgin Galactic purchase seats on spacecraft bound for the orbiting International Space Station, as well as provide training and supplies and resources for those individuals. Virgin Galactic is in the process of developing its own, sub-orbital space tourism program using its own spacecraft ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight, Virgin, New Mexico


New UK-US agreement allows US companies to launch from UK spaceports

In a new move designed to encourage more economic and scientific collaboration between spacefaring nations, the UK and US governments have signed a new agreement that would make it possible for US companies to take part in space launches from the UK, including its many ind=-development spaceports. The dal sounds one-way – but the nature of the agreement is designed to bolster the supply, development and customer pipeline for UK’s bourgeoning spaceport industry. The agreement now in place not onl...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, UK, Science, Scotland, US, Tech, United States, Virgin Galactic, United Kingdom, Spaceflight, Aerospace, TechCrunch, Blue Origin, Spaceport


From zero to hero in 18 years: How SpaceX became a nation-state

SpaceX was founded in 2002 and was an industry joke for many years. Eighteen years later, it is the first private company to launch astronauts to the International Space Station. Today, SpaceX's Crew Dragon launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. The journey will take about 19 hours.Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, looks at SpaceX's journey from startup to a commercial space company with the operating power of a nation-state. Today is a historic...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Science, Technology, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Nasa, Engineering, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Innovation, Dubai, Airbus


SpaceX’s astronaut launch marks the dawn of the commercial human spaceflight industry

SpaceX on Saturday launched two NASA astronauts aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the accomplishment is a tremendous one for both the company and the U.S. space agency. At a fundamental level, it means that the U.S. will have continued access to the International Space Station, without having to rely on continuing to buy tickets aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to do so. But it also means the beginning of a new era for the commercial space industry – one in which private companies and i...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Iss, Tom Cruise


Virgin Orbit provides more details about what went right with its first launch demo

Virgin Orbit performed a demonstration of its full launch system on Monday, and while it didn’t go quite as planned, with the mission cut short just a few seconds after Virgin’s LauncherOne separated from its Cosmic Girl carrier aircraft, the company says it still learned a lot – and a lot went right, too. Spaceflight is tough stuff, and it’s actually pretty common for a new spacecraft to not quite get everything right on its first time out. SpaceX took four tries with its original Falcon ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Virgin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Operating System, Falcon, Outer Space, Virgin Orbit



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