Space tourism – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 22:28:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-57.png Space tourism – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ 32 32 Hollywood Star Named CEO of Earth for Space Tourism Startup – Robb Report https://newtoncountymotourism.org/hollywood-star-named-ceo-of-earth-for-space-tourism-startup-robb-report/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 22:28:02 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/hollywood-star-named-ceo-of-earth-for-space-tourism-startup-robb-report/ The latest space tourism companies have used celebrities as endorsers. Last July, Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson was on the first sightseeing “astronaut” flight to the far reaches of space, where Branson and some of his Virgin Galactic colleagues experienced about three minutes of weightlessness. On Blue Origin’s second sightseeing flight last October, William Shatner, […]]]>

The latest space tourism companies have used celebrities as endorsers. Last July, Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson was on the first sightseeing “astronaut” flight to the far reaches of space, where Branson and some of his Virgin Galactic colleagues experienced about three minutes of weightlessness.

On Blue Origin’s second sightseeing flight last October, William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, took an emotional journey to the final frontier. Comedian Pete Davidson was scheduled to take another Blue Origin flight last month, but was replaced at the last minute by Blue Origin chief architect Gary Lai.

Actor Adrian Grenier, best known for the television series Surroundings, will also play a leading role for startup World View. The company is developing a space balloon and capsule that will send tourists into space.

A rendering of the balloon capsule from World View hovering in space.

Courtesy world view

Unlike Captain Kirk, Grenier will have a title role in World View as Earth’s chief defender. “If that’s not the coolest title ever, I don’t know what is,” Grenier said. Robb report.

Grenier, who rose to fame playing flippant skirt chaser Vincent Chase, couldn’t be further from this character in real life. A longtime United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment, he also started the sustainability business Shft and currently runs a sustainable agriculture project in Texas. His interest in World View comes from an impulse to help “move humanity forward,” he says.

“I’m excited about the mission to inspire shifts in perception, shifts in people, so everyone can participate in a radically improved future,” he said on a Zoom call. “By enabling people to have these profound cognitive shifts in their perception, we can activate together to build that future.”

Entourage star Adrian Grenier joins World View as Earth director

World View also announced the redesign of its 10-person space capsule.

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As part of the concert, Grenier will connect with other sustainability-focused organizations and welcome travelers back to dry land, where he will connect individuals and partner organizations with the goal of transforming their newfound appreciation. of the planet in action. A producer and director of documentaries, he also hopes that these interactions will feed into a film. “I want to film everything,” he says. “We talked about how to capture those stories.”

It’s no coincidence that Grenier’s introduction coincided with World View’s release of its redesigned space capsule layout: a pressurized, air-conditioned hexagon with large windows (6.5 feet by 4.5 feet ), a catering service, a telescope and a live broadcast. options. The capsule can accommodate 10 people and offers room to walk around.

Reaching an altitude of around 100,000 feet, World View balloons will not technically reach space (generally considered to start closer to 250,000 to 300,000 feet), but they will have a much slower travel, of six at 12 o’clock compared to the 60 -minute flights of rocket-powered competitors.

Entourage star Adrian Grenier joins World View as Earth director

The capsule will offer the same views of Earth and space as space tourism rockets.

Courtesy world view

“You can see anything that other people see that goes slightly higher,” World View CEO Ryan Hartman said. Robb Report in a previous interview. “That includes the darkness of space, the stars and the curvature of the Earth. You really see the planet from a perspective that almost no one has.

And although floating a balloon is much less damaging to the atmosphere than propelling a mass of metal into the stratosphere for a few minutes, World View trips are not without environmental impact: each polyethylene balloon filled with 14 million cubic feet helium can only be used once.

“One of the reasons I’m here is to dig deeper and help find ways to be carbon neutral and more environmentally friendly,” he says. One such idea is to recycle materials from balloons to build greenhouses on his farm. “It’s only a waste if it’s not used, so if we can put it back into use, put it back into the economy and create food and potentially trees…that’s one way to use this material.

Entourage star Adrian Grenier joins World View as Earth director

The space capsule at the bottom will be reused, while World View tries to figure out how to reuse the single-use balloon.

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Other aspects of Grenier’s role have yet to be worked out. “My role is largely undefined and I am looking for people to help me. I want to crowdsource this wisdom,” he says. Among other tasks, he has a number of free rides to give away, and while he plans to give a few to influencers, he also hopes to give a few to “people you can’t think of. -be otherwise, which are a bit unexpected”.

Grenier will know what they have been through, since he is scheduled for one of the first trips. “One hundred percent I can’t wait,” he said. “I’m on the list, which is the perfect sequel to reminding people that they can reserve their spot online, and if they use my name, they get 20% off the reservation fee.”

It costs $500 to book and the full trip costs $50,000 – but, as always, Grenier is doing what he can to help keep it green.

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A “budget” space tourism company takes you to space in a balloon – with an open bar https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-budget-space-tourism-company-takes-you-to-space-in-a-balloon-with-an-open-bar/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-budget-space-tourism-company-takes-you-to-space-in-a-balloon-with-an-open-bar/ If you can’t afford £350,000 for space travel with Virgin Galactic, you’re in luck: Space Travel Startup perspective from space plans to offer cheaper trips to the far reaches of the stratosphere in a gigantic balloon. For the low price of £96,000 you can enjoy views of the curvature of the Earth from 20 miles […]]]>

If you can’t afford £350,000 for space travel with Virgin Galactic, you’re in luck: Space Travel Startup perspective from space plans to offer cheaper trips to the far reaches of the stratosphere in a gigantic balloon.

For the low price of £96,000 you can enjoy views of the curvature of the Earth from 20 miles high.

The “Space Lounge” is inside a large balloon that floats tourists to a high point above the Earth. It has free Wi-Fi and a drinks bar.

Plus, guests won’t have to undergo any tricky training unlike Elon Musk’s SpaceX trips.



Space Perspective will use a capsule attached to a giant balloon rather than an expensive rocket

This is because no rockets are needed for launches. Instead, the balloon glides smoothly upwards at 12 miles per hour while promising zero carbon emissions.

The only catch is that you won’t be able to experience weightlessness on the six-hour journey, which ends with a gentle splash in the ocean.

Space Perspective co-founder Jayne Poynter told AFP: “We wanted to find a way that really changes the way people think about spaceflight and makes it much more approachable and accessible.”



This image rendering courtesy of Space Perspective published on April 7, 2022 shows the space lounge inside the capsule of the Neptune spacecraft.  - A newcomer to the space tourism market promises customers a view of the Earth's curvature from the comfort of a luxury cabin, transported into the upper atmosphere with a giant balloon.  Space Perspective on Tuesday unveiled artwork of its swish cabins, which it hopes to begin launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida starting in late 2024. More than 600 tickets have been sold so far, at $125,000 each.  With 1.5 meter (5 foot) tall windows, deep seating, dark purple tones and dim lighting, the atmosphere contrasts with the white, sanitized capsules of its competitors.  Wifi connectivity and a drinks bar complete the offer
The Neptune capsule features plush seats, large windows and even a bar

The company says it plans to offer 25 flights in its first year, with all available seats now full.

While the trip may not be as exciting as a SpaceX or Blue Origin flight, it should be a more accessible option for people looking to get up close to the stars.

It also marks an increase in competition in the race for private space, which has until now been dominated by the companies of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

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The first-ever space tourism trip to the ISS is launched today. Here’s how to watch https://newtoncountymotourism.org/the-first-ever-space-tourism-trip-to-the-iss-is-launched-today-heres-how-to-watch/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/the-first-ever-space-tourism-trip-to-the-iss-is-launched-today-heres-how-to-watch/ The first fully private crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected launching today April 8. This is the first-ever space tourism mission to the ISS for NASA, operated by Axiom Space and flying on a SpaceX spacecraft. You can watch it all here live. The 10-day mission, including eight days aboard the […]]]>

The first fully private crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected launching today April 8. This is the first-ever space tourism mission to the ISS for NASA, operated by Axiom Space and flying on a SpaceX spacecraft. You can watch it all here live.

The 10-day mission, including eight days aboard the ISS, could mean a shift in the work being done in space, especially after Russia pulled out of its research collaboration on the ISS. Private companies like Axiom, which plans to build its own commercial space station when the ISS is retired, are looking to get in on the action.

SpaceX has flown several astronauts to the ISS before and launched its own all-civilian space mission, but this is the first time it has flown paying passengers to the ISS. Travel to and from the ISS will be made by its Crew Dragon Effortwhich previously brought the Crew Dragon Demo-2 and SpaceX Crew-2 missions to the ISS.

During these eight days on board, the four members of the Mission Axiom-1which includes former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría (now vice president of Axiom) and three space tourists who paid $55 million each to travel off Earth, will conduct 25 experiments, including in examining brain activity in real time with this helmet with futuristic look and the world’s first space demonstration bidirectional holoportation.

López-Alegría, who last visited the ISS in 2007, will become the first person to command both a civilian and commercial manned spaceflight mission.

The launch window opens at 11:17 a.m. ET (3:17 p.m. UTC) and will be streamed online as part of a collaboration between NASA, SpaceX, and Axiom. You can watch it below:

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The first space tourism mission is here. Three private astronauts will blast off for the International Space Station on Friday, April 8 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/the-first-space-tourism-mission-is-here-three-private-astronauts-will-blast-off-for-the-international-space-station-on-friday-april-8/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 14:11:21 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/the-first-space-tourism-mission-is-here-three-private-astronauts-will-blast-off-for-the-international-space-station-on-friday-april-8/ Space tourism is here, Nasa is set to launch its first-ever space tourism mission to the international space station tomorrow is friday the 8thand From April. The mission will lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:17 a.m. EDT (8:47 p.m. IST). The mission was originally scheduled for April 6andbut due to technical […]]]>

Space tourism is here, Nasa is set to launch its first-ever space tourism mission to the international space station tomorrow is friday the 8thand From April. The mission will lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:17 a.m. EDT (8:47 p.m. IST). The mission was originally scheduled for April 6andbut due to technical problems with the wet testing phase of Artemis-I, the mission had to be postponed.

In a first, the Axion Mission AX-1 to the ISS will have an all-private crew aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon, including three paying customers who will spend 10 days in space including 8 days aboard the ISS.

The Axiom Ax-1 will be commanded by former NASA astronaut Michael Lpez, who will be joined by three paying customers, real estate entrepreneur Larry Connor, CEO of Canadian investment Mark Pathy, and Israeli investor Eytan Stibbe.
The Axiom Ax-1 will be commanded by former NASA astronaut Michael López, who will be joined by three paying customers: real estate entrepreneur Larry Connor, Canadian investment CEO Mark Pathy and Israeli investor Eytan Stibbe.

the Axiom Ax-1 will be commanded by Michael López who is a former NASA astronaut, who will be joined by three paying customers: real estate entrepreneur Larry ConnorCanadian Investment CEO Marc Pathyand Israeli investor Eytan Stibbeeach of whom reportedly paid $55 million to participate in this mission.

During their 10-day mission, the crew will spend eight days on the International Space Station conducting scientific research, outreach and business activities. “Ax-1 is the first of several Axiom missions proposed to the orbiting laboratory and an important step towards Axiom’s goal of building a private space station, Axiom Station, in low Earth orbit that can serve as a global academic and commercial hub. “, Axiom Space said in a statement.

Pre-launch activities, launch and docking coverage will be streamed live on axiomspace.com starting April 8 at 7:55 a.m. EDT (5:25 p.m. IST)

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Here is the cheapest space tourism ticket https://newtoncountymotourism.org/here-is-the-cheapest-space-tourism-ticket/ Tue, 05 Apr 2022 14:54:41 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/here-is-the-cheapest-space-tourism-ticket/ The “New Space Race” offers breathtaking potential for investors. From extracting valuable resources to satellites that help us as mere earthlings with climate change, maritime operations, communications, energy and even world hunger, we can see why corporations are investing billion in this exciting new frontier. IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES But it’s space tourism which is […]]]>

The “New Space Race” offers breathtaking potential for investors. From extracting valuable resources to satellites that help us as mere earthlings with climate change, maritime operations, communications, energy and even world hunger, we can see why corporations are investing billion in this exciting new frontier.

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But it’s space tourism which is making headlines these days, thanks to the billionaires who are fighting.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk, Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos and Galactic Virgo‘s Richard Branson offer experiences that vary greatly in duration and altitude. But the costs — reportedly around $450,000 for a 90-minute ride on Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane to $55 million for a three-day orbit in a SpaceX capsule — are way beyond the reach of , well, you and me.

But if $50,000 seems doable (funding available), you might consider World View’s solution: a 6-12 hour trip in a pressurized capsule lifted to the edge of space by a giant balloon. The first launches are planned for 2024 from various “spaceports” around the world.

The South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas featured an entire track dedicated to space technology for the first time, including “Democratizing Access to Commercial Space Travel.”

There, I spoke with World View CEO Ryan Hartman inside his company’s replica space capsule. In the video below, Ryan talks about World View’s vision to bring a life-changing experience to the masses, as well as other New Space Race ventures that may be worth considering by investors.

Transcription:

Rex Moore: Alright Ryan, here we are inside the World View space capsule. Explain this to me a bit; what someone might expect if they became a space tourist and used your business.

Ryan Hartman: Well, thanks for being there. It’s an exact replica of our space capsule. We call it Explorer. What you see here is the structure around customer experience. We designed this to really optimize how a customer can enjoy viewing space. When a customer flies on World View, they will climb over 100,000 feet. They will be able to see the curvature of the Earth. They’re going to be able to see the darkness of space, much like what you see on the screens here. What is more important is that they will be able to see an area that they have just explored. The World View Space Tourism solution begins with a spaceport. It starts with coming to one of our seven wonders of the stratospheric state of the world. Some places like Spaceport Grand Canyon, Spaceport Great Barrier Reef explore this area and then see it from above.

Rex Moore: Tell me, why do you think it’s important to make space travel accessible to more people?

Ryan Hartman: Well, World View exists to inspire, create and explore new perspectives for a radically improved future. It really embodies the importance of space tourism. So when we say inspiring new perspectives, it’s about creating opportunities for guests to understand the fragility of the Earth, to understand the beauty of the Earth, and really to transform space tourism into eco-tourism. “For a radically improved future”, I think he epitomizes why we are all into space tourism. All companies are in space tourism. That is to say, the more people we can offer this experience to, the more people will have a new respect for our planet. They will become Earth Defenders and embody the importance of caring for our Earth.

Rex Moore: Your solution is an inexpensive way. How do people get involved if they are interested?

Ryan Hartman: Yes. Our solution is a $50,000 note with a $500 deposit. We offer available funding, all of which is available on worldview.space, where customers can review the experiences available to them, across our seven spaceports around the world. They can watch technology and even preview their flight on worldview.space.

Rex Moore: World View is involved in more than tourism. Tell me about the sensor part.

Ryan Hartman: The technology we have is applicable to many different use cases. Space tourism is really exciting. But there’s another very important use case and that’s remote sensing, the ability to provide information about what’s happening on our Earth. We therefore use our stratospheric balloons coupled with different types of sensors to collect data, analyze this data and provide information to customers. This applies to oil and gas industries, electric utility industries, defense and intelligence customers, and a number of other commercial use cases. Doing the work that we do in remote sensing is just another way to provide a fresh, inspired perspective that can contribute to a radically improved future for these clients as well.

Rex Moore: What kind of potential do you see now, as the world is more and more interested now, with the billionaires who have been advertising it, right? What is the potential for investors?

Ryan Hartman: Well, one of the things that’s really exciting is space, it’s the next trillion dollar industry. There are a number of different companies, a number of different types of applications that create value for investors. Companies like ours that have both remote sensing and space tourism, there are now companies on the Nasdaq that are space tourism companies. And the number of different commercial space companies that exist today that are public is incredibly exciting and it will only grow in the future. Looking at it as a trillion dollar economy, looking at it as the next big market, I think that’s really exciting because there’s a ton of growth ahead of it.

Rex Moore: Do you have in mind some companies that you admire in a way that you think could benefit?

Ryan Hartman: Well, for me, I’m excited about any company that operates in the commercial space. There are all kinds of different companies like world spire (Nasdaq: SPIR) and Planet Labs (Nasdaq: PL) that are entirely dedicated to remote sensing, which are now publicly traded companies. I’m excited about companies like Galactic Virgo (Nasdaq: SPCE) that are specifically into space tourism, and pristine orbit (Nasdaq: VORB). All of these businesses represent the wide range of different types of space businesses or space use cases. I’m excited about all of them. I think there is growth in front of all these companies. Space is a great place to invest.

Rex Moore: Great. Last question, where is the toilet in there? [LAUGHTER]

Ryan Hartman: Behind you. [LAUGHTER] The space capsule itself, what you see here is the customer experience, but the capsule is designed to carry 8 passengers, 2 crew, for a total of 10. There will be a bar, there will be meals available, and of course, there will be toilets.

Rex Moore: Great. Thanks Ryan.

Ryan Hartman: You’re welcome.

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Space tourism is ‘more than a thrill ride’ – it’s about connecting to the planet: World View CEO https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-is-more-than-a-thrill-ride-its-about-connecting-to-the-planet-world-view-ceo/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 15:51:39 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-is-more-than-a-thrill-ride-its-about-connecting-to-the-planet-world-view-ceo/ World View CEO Ryan Hartman and World View Chief Earth Advocate Adrian Grenier join Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the benefits of space tourism, the availability of their space balloon flights in 2024, the rise of crypto and the impact of bitcoin mining. Video transcript ADRIAN GRENIER: Well, you know, I’ve been doing environmental work […]]]>

World View CEO Ryan Hartman and World View Chief Earth Advocate Adrian Grenier join Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the benefits of space tourism, the availability of their space balloon flights in 2024, the rise of crypto and the impact of bitcoin mining.

Video transcript

ADRIAN GRENIER: Well, you know, I’ve been doing environmental work for a good twenty years. And I was brought in to help World View with their environmental program, but also to welcome people when they come back to Earth so that they can continue their journey to rediscover Earth because World View’s mission is not to leave the planet and escape and get out of here. It’s really about looking back and reflecting on our interdependence. So World View’s mission and vision is perfectly aligned with my heart, my mind and the work I have been doing for a long time. – Ryan, I think you came back here. Let me repeat that question about how you separate yourself from some of your rivals. I mean, starting with the price, you come in a lot lower than someone like Space Perspective. RYAN HARTMAN: Well, for us, it’s about creating accessible access. We believe that the benefits of space tourism should be shared with as many people as possible. We have therefore designed our space tourism business around the importance of where we conduct our operations and making it accessible to as many people as possible. So we have what we call the seven wonders of the stratospheric world edition, the seven incredible places in the world where we will fly, and will do so at $50,000 per ticket with available funding. ALEXANDRA CANAL: And Ryan, what are some of the biggest misconceptions about space tourism, because with Jeff Bezos, all the publicity that Blue Origin got, I think it caused some people to think of him as billionaires just throwing their money. . There are issues on Earth that we must first address. What would you say to these critics and why is human space travel important right now? RYAN HARTMAN: Well, that’s exactly what I would say – it’s the misperception that’s the importance of it. You know, access to space gives us the opportunity to have a new perspective on our planet. It gives us the opportunity to better understand our planet. You know, I’m so interested to hear Mark VanDeWeghe talk about his experience of spending a year, 365 days, on the International Space Station and hearing people like him talk about the importance of space. But, you know, it’s more than a thrill ride. It’s so much more than just a trip to say you’ve been to space. It is about better understanding our Earth. It’s about creating a new perspective so that we can contribute to a radically improved future for our planet. – Adrian, you kind of alluded to some of the efforts that you’ve really put your energy into, particularly on the climate, obviously, the fight against plastic pollution. But also, you’ve focused more on investing through DuPont Ventures. What are you really passionate about right now in this space? Where do you put your money? ADRIAN GRENIER: Well, I mean, my money is definitely on World View because having this unprecedented access to the common human to actually have this experience not only creates a critical mass of perspective shift and cognitive shift in the awareness of our interconnectedness, but also, it’s a business model that will work very well because more people will be able to make the trip. ALEXANDRA CANAL: And Adrian, besides space and the environment, you are also a big fan of crypto, NFT, Bitcoin. How do you defend digital currencies when people criticize the climate impact they have, especially when talking about Bitcoin mining for example, which requires a lot of energy and processing power? ADRIEN GRENIER: Yes. I mean, you know, I’m a realist in the sense that I see the trade-off for all things, right? Like, you really have to dive deep and make those trade-off decisions, ultimately. But I consider that cryptography is capable of fixing a large number of systems that are currently broken and which generate a lot of waste in all sectors. So crypto is not just a thing that uses energy. This is something that will help many industries to be more efficient. So if you look at the overall net profit, I think it’s positive. ALEXANDRA CANAL: And Adrian, just to follow the growth that we’ve seen in digital currencies, we’ve seen an explosion of NFTs in the music industry. You star in “Clickbait,” which takes a critical look at social media. This is streamed on Netflix, which is a streaming platform. It looks like we’re in the middle of this digital revolution, so to speak. With your background in Hollywood, how have you seen the industry adapt and evolve over time to keep up? ADRIAN GRENIER: Well, you know, there was a time when everyone and their dentist came to me with a script, you know? My mom wrote a script or, you know, my uncle has this idea. And now it’s NFTs. And everyone has an NFT. And everyone has a coin, which I think is exciting because it really empowers people to be expressive and to communicate and share value with each other without mental people or gatekeepers . – Ryan, finally, let’s bring the conversation back to the experience that World View is building right now. I’m looking at a prize of $50,000. You have my attention because I can’t afford the $250,000 for Blue Origin. What will this experience look like? And what is the deadline? RYAN HARTMAN: Well, so it’s really important to understand that the experience itself is 68 hours long. And so it’s going to give our clients the opportunity to really grasp the beauty of the earth, the fragility of the earth, and see it as a living organism and as something bigger than themselves. And so that’s, I would say, one of the most important parts of our trip– is 68 hours. We are going to start commercial operations in 2024. Our first manned flights will take place at the end of 2023. And so it’s just around the corner. – We look forward to seeing you both on this flight. World View Chief Earth Advocate Adrian Grenier and World View CEO and President Ryan Hartman are delighted to have you with us today. And our thanks also to Ali Canal for joining the conversation.

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Blue Origin launches another space tourism rocket from West Texas https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-launches-another-space-tourism-rocket-from-west-texas/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-launches-another-space-tourism-rocket-from-west-texas/ AUSTIN (KXAN) — Billionaire Jeff Bezos sent more people into the sky as another Blue Origin rocket launched Thursday from West Texas. The launch of the rocket was originally scheduled for March 23, then postponed to March 29. High winds in the small town of Van Horn, Texas forced another postponement to Thursday. The boosters […]]]>

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Billionaire Jeff Bezos sent more people into the sky as another Blue Origin rocket launched Thursday from West Texas.

The launch of the rocket was originally scheduled for March 23, then postponed to March 29. High winds in the small town of Van Horn, Texas forced another postponement to Thursday. The boosters detonated the rocket shortly after 9 a.m.

The launch lost its star power after comedian and actor Pete Davidson backed out of his commitment to board the New Shepard rocket after being delayed the first time around. William Shatner and Michael Strahan are other notable celebrities who have ridden Blue Origin rockets. Bezos rose in July 2021.

Even so, five paying customers traveled to space, along with Blue Origin employee Gary Lai, the rocket’s chief architect. Lai took Davidson’s place on the flight.

Marty Allen, Jim Kitchen, George Nield, as well as husband and wife Marc and Sharon Hagle, bought their places on the rocket.

According to Space.com, passengers feel about 3-4 minutes weightlessness, and suborbital flights last about 11 minutes before the capsule descends by parachute to the ground.

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Blue Origin Launching Today: Six People Will Join A Supersonic Suborbital Space Sightseeing Flight https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-launching-today-six-people-will-join-a-supersonic-suborbital-space-sightseeing-flight/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-launching-today-six-people-will-join-a-supersonic-suborbital-space-sightseeing-flight/ Jeff Bezos’ blue origin is set to launch its fourth space tourism mission today as the company continues its mission to make high-speed flights to the far reaches of space a mainstay of pop culture. The six passengers, including a Blue Origin engineer and five paying customers, are scheduled to depart aboard their Blue Origin […]]]>

Jeff Bezos’ blue origin is set to launch its fourth space tourism mission today as the company continues its mission to make high-speed flights to the far reaches of space a mainstay of pop culture.

The six passengers, including a Blue Origin engineer and five paying customers, are scheduled to depart aboard their Blue Origin New Shepard capsule Thursday after 9:30 a.m. ET.

Those who want to catch the action – which should look a lot like Blue Origin’s first three suborbital escapades – can tune in to Blue Origin. webcast Thursday morning.

Propelled by a 60-foot-tall rocket, they will soar at more than three times the speed of sound, or more than 2,000 miles per hour. Their capsule will pass the Kármán line at an altitude of 100 kilometers (or 62 miles), which is widely recognized as the altitude at which outer space begins. And at the height of the flight, they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness and, through the window, panoramic terrestrial views.

It is unclear how much the trip cost the five paying customers. Blue Origin has not publicly disclosed a fixed price per seat, although it auctioned off a ticket for $28 million. But it was for a seat to ride alongside Bezos himself, and the auction winner didn’t end up going. (He is should fly later this yearhowever.) Blue Origin’s direct competitor, Virgin Galactic, sells seats for $450,000.

That flight was supposed to include Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, but he scrapped the mission after Blue Origin announced a schedule change earlier this month. The company has spoken of the need for additional ground tests on the New Shepard rocket as the reason for the delay.

Gary Lai, who has worked for Blue Origin for 18 years and holds several patents related to the New Shepard rocket design, flew in place of Davidson and was the only non-paying customer on the flight. Lai’s teammates included Marty Allen, an investor and the former CEO of a party supply store; Jim Kitchen, entrepreneur and business teacher; George Nield, a former associate director for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation of the Federal Aviation Administration; Marc Hagle, a Orlando real estate developerand his wife, Sharon Hagle, who founded a space-focused nonprofit.

WHAT IT ALL MEANS

Commercial activity in space — largely led by SpaceX – is booming. Of the building cheaper rockets and design new uses for satellites imagine futuristic space hotelsthe industry has attracted recording levels of investment.

After years of quiet development, Blue Origin’s space tourism rocket made its crewed debut last year with Bezos, flying alongside space community hero Wally Funk and her brother Mark Bezos. and a paying customer.

Since then, Blue Origin has made headlines for flying other well-known names on two subsequent flights, including the Star Trek star William Shatner and host of Good Morning America Michael Strahan.

Blue Origin’s goal is to make these suborbital spaceflights a mainstay of pop culture, offering a 10-minute supersonic ride to guests – who until now have been mostly celebrities – and anyone else who has the means.

Blue Origin is the first company to offer scheduled suborbital space tourism flights. Its main competitor, Virgin Galactic, notably made its first crewed flight – which included founder Richard Branson – before Bezos flew last July. But Virgin Galactic has yet to follow up that flight with another passenger flight after it later became clear the company’s spaceplane had deviated from its designated flight path. The company now says it is undergoing independent technology upgrades and could resume flying later this year.

SpaceX is the only private company that offers orbital travel. The company conducted the first-ever all-civilian flight into orbit last September, taking a billionaire and three of his chosen crewmates on a three-day trip. And next week, the company plans to take four paying customers on a flight to the International Space Station, which orbits about 200 miles above Earth.

Blue Origin plans to build a rocket powerful enough to reach orbit, called New Glenn. And, in light of the news that Russia can no longer sell rocket engines to the United States, these plans are more urgent than ever. The engines Blue Origin plans to use for the New Glenn, the BE-4, will also be used on a future launch vehicle designed by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that is responsible for major national security launches in the United States. United States. ULA currently relies on Russian RD-180 engines. Its new rocket with US-made BE-4 engines is set to debut this year.

Blue Origin did not have specific updates on BE-4 when contacted for comment.

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Blue Origin successfully completes its fourth space tourism mission https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-successfully-completes-its-fourth-space-tourism-mission/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-successfully-completes-its-fourth-space-tourism-mission/ By Jackie Wattles, CNN Business Jeff Bezos’ blue origin just launched its fourth successful space tourism mission, setting yet another feather at the head of the company that hopes to make these supersonic rides a mainstay of pop culture. The six passengers, including a Blue Origin engineer and five paying customers, boarded their New Shepard […]]]>

By Jackie Wattles, CNN Business

Jeff Bezos’ blue origin just launched its fourth successful space tourism mission, setting yet another feather at the head of the company that hopes to make these supersonic rides a mainstay of pop culture.

The six passengers, including a Blue Origin engineer and five paying customers, boarded their New Shepard capsule just after sunrise Thursday at the company’s West Texas launch facility. Propelled by a 60-foot-tall rocket, they soared at more than three times the speed of sound, or more than 2,000 miles per hour. Their capsule crossed the Kármán line at an altitude of 100 kilometers (or 62 miles), which is widely recognized as the altitude at which outer space begins. And at the height of the flight, they experienced a few minutes of weightlessness and, through the window, vast earthly views.

It is unclear how much the trip cost the five paying customers. Blue Origin has not publicly disclosed a fixed price per seat, although it auctioned off a ticket for $28 million. But it was for a seat to ride alongside Bezos himself, and the auction winner didn’t end up going. (He is should fly later this yearhowever.) Blue Origin’s direct competitor, Virgin Galactic, is currently selling seats for $450,000, up from its previous price of around $250,000.

That flight was supposed to include Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, but he scrapped the mission after Blue Origin announced a schedule change earlier this month. The company has spoken of the need for additional ground tests on the New Shepard rocket as the reason for the delay.

Gary Lai, who has worked for Blue Origin for 18 years and holds several patents related to the New Shepard rocket design, flew in place of Davidson and was the only non-paying customer on the flight. Lai’s teammates included Marty Allen, an investor and the former CEO of a party supply store; Jim Kitchen, entrepreneur and business teacher; George Nield, a former associate director for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation of the Federal Aviation Administration; Marc Hagle, a Orlando real estate developerand his wife, Sharon Hagle, who founded a space-focused nonprofit.

The fully autonomous New Shepard passenger capsule deployed plumes of parachutes after plunging back into the thickest part of Earth’s atmosphere and landing with a puff of sand in the Texas desert.

On the livestream, passengers could be heard cheering as the capsule made its landing, and moments later exited the capsule, smiling and waving.

“It was intense and I got a little dizzy,” Lai told Blue Origin’s Sarah Knights, who leads passenger communications during the flight. “I felt a little nauseous, that’s for sure.”

Other livestream passengers described the view as “incredible”.

“Unreal, just unreal,” Allen said. “I can’t put it into words.”

“It was an out-of-body experience,” Kitchen said. He described outer space as “the blackest black I have ever seen”, adding that it was “breathtaking”. Nield called it “the thrill of a lifetime”.

“The pictures don’t do it justice,” he added.

What does all this mean?

Commercial activity in space — largely led by SpaceX – is booming. Of the building cheaper rockets and design new uses for satellites imagine futuristic space hotelsthe industry has attracted recording levels investment, according to data collected by the analysis company space capital.

After years of quiet development, Blue Origin’s space tourism rocket made its crewed debut last year with Bezos, flying alongside space community hero Wally Funk and her brother Mark Bezos. and a paying customer.

Since then, Blue Origin has made headlines for flying other well-known names on two subsequent flights, including the Star Trek star William Shatner and host of Good Morning America Michael Strahan.

Strahan wrote a message for passengers on Thursday’s flight that was read to them by ground control: “This is the best ride you’ll ever have, but it’s way too short.”

Blue Origin’s goal is to make these suborbital spaceflights a mainstay of pop culture, offering a 10-minute supersonic ride to guests – who until now have been mostly celebrities – and anyone else who has the means.

Blue Origin is the first company to offer scheduled suborbital space tourism flights. Its main competitor, Virgin Galactic, notably made its first crewed flight – which included founder Richard Branson – before Bezos flew last July. But Virgin Galactic has yet to follow up that flight with another crewed flight after it later became clear the company’s spaceplane had deviated from its designated flight path. The company now says it is undergoing independent technology upgrades and could resume flying later this year.

SpaceX is the only private company that offers orbital travel. The company conducted the first-ever all-civilian flight into orbit last September, taking a billionaire and three of his chosen crewmates on a three-day trip. And next week, the company plans to take four paying customers on a flight to the International Space Station, which orbits about 200 miles above Earth.

Blue Origin plans to build a rocket powerful enough to reach orbit, called New Glenn. And, in light of the news that Russia can no longer sell rocket engines to the United States, these plans are more urgent than ever. The engines Blue Origin plans to use for the New Glenn, the BE-4, will also be used on a future launch vehicle designed by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that is responsible for major national security launches in the United States. United States. ULA currently relies on Russian RD-180 engines. Its new rocket with US-made BE-4 engines is set to debut this year.

Blue Origin did not have specific updates on BE-4 when contacted for comment.

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Blue Origin: space tourism flight delayed by weather https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-space-tourism-flight-delayed-by-weather/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/blue-origin-space-tourism-flight-delayed-by-weather/ The fourth commercial flight of Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company Blue Origin, offering short suborbital jaunts for thrill seekers and celebrities, was delayed two days due to poor weather conditions, the company said. Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft was scheduled to lift off Tuesday from the company’s launch site in rural West Texas at 8:30 […]]]>

The fourth commercial flight of Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company Blue Origin, offering short suborbital jaunts for thrill seekers and celebrities, was delayed two days due to poor weather conditions, the company said.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft was scheduled to lift off Tuesday from the company’s launch site in rural West Texas at 8:30 a.m. CDT with six would-be citizen astronauts strapped into the crew cabin atop the fully autonomous launch vehicle, measuring nearly six storeys. .

The company announced on Monday that it has postponed the launch of the NS-20 mission to March 31 due to forecasts of high winds during the launch and recovery of the spacecraft.

Blue Origin said the vehicle met all mission requirements for the flight and weather is the only factor blocking the launch.

Unlike Blue Origin’s first three commercial flights, with passenger lists including ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner, morning TV host Michael Strahan and even Bezos himself, no one among the latest group of customers isn’t even close to being famous.

The most recent surname confirmed as a non-paying promotional guest, “Saturday Night Live” comic Pete Davidson, dropped out earlier this month when the scheduled launch was delayed six days from its original date of March 23 to allow time for further pre-flight testing.

A few days later, the company announced that Davidson, 28, the boyfriend of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, had been replaced on the latest “crew” manifesto by veteran Blue Origin designer Gary Lai, architect of the New Shepard reusable launch system.

Lai flies for free. He joins five previously announced paying clients – angel investor Marty Allen, real estate veteran Marc Hagle and his wife Sharon Hagle, entrepreneur and University of North Carolina professor Jim Kitchen and President George Nield – founder of Commercial Space Technologies.

Kitchen’s journey to the final frontier caps a lifelong dedication to the journey that has taken him to all 193 UN-recognized countries, according to Blue Origin’s biographical material.

The entire flight, from takeoff to touchdown, should last just over 10 minutes. The crew will experience a few minutes of weightlessness at the very peak of their suborbital flight, some 350,000 feet (106,680 meters) above sea level, before their capsule plummets back to Earth for a parachute landing on the desert floor.

Bezos, the billionaire founder of online retail giant Amazon, accompanied himself on Blue Origin’s maiden crewed flight to the far reaches of space last July.

He accompanied his brother, Mark Bezos, pioneering octogenarian aviator Wally Funk and an 18-year-old Dutch high school student.

Later passengers included Shatner, who became the oldest person to fly in space at 90, “Good Morning America” ​​co-host and retired NFL star Strahan, and eldest daughter of pioneering astronaut Alan Shepard, for whom Blue Origin’s spacecraft is named.


(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam Holmes and Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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