The wealthiest man on the planet becomes the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own rocket into space, with the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket reaching an altitude of about 106 kilometres - higher than Richard Branson’s July 11 ride.
The Amazon billionaire seeks to raise trust in his fledgling space tourism business by making a journey outside Earth in a Blue Origin capsule.
The company says the trip will last a total of ten minutes, four of which passengers will spend above the Karman line, that marks the recognised boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space.
Blue Origin argues that NASA has misjudged the risks involved in choosing SpaceX's entirely new launch vehicle.
SpaceX beat Blue Origin and Dynetics to win the contract and become what NASA called its "most trusted private sector partner."
China and Russia are committed to collaborating on lunar colonisation, joining the tier of corporate titans and governments who recognize space is not only the last frontier, but a geopolitical endgame.
A growing number of countries and private companies are developing and expanding their space programs. What does it mean to have so many new actors with extraterrestrial ambitions?
One small step for man and one giant leap for the commercial space industry.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has signed a deal with Axiom Space to transport the tourists along with a commander on one of its Crew Dragon capsules in the second half of 2021.
MacKenzie Bezos will receive 19.7 million Amazon.com shares, which will leave her with a total of 4 percent stake of the company.
Musk says, “If you build a ship that’s capable of going to Mars, what if you take that same ship and go from one place to another on Earth? We looked at that and the results are quite interesting.”
Musk shares a concept of an Interplanetary Transport System based on reusable rockets, a propellant farm on Mars and 1,000 spaceships on orbit, carrying about 100 people each.
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