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Shatner among Blue Origin final NS-18 crew

Blue Origin has announced that actor William Shatner and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, will fly on board New Shepard NS-18. Shatner’s career as an actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman has spanned 60 years. He famously originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in 1966 […]

October 5, 2021

Amazon’s Project Kuiper unveils dish structure

Jeff Bezos is just a few days away from his Blue Origin/New Shephard sub-orbital launch, scheduled for July 20th. But back at its Redmond (Washington state) headquarters, his Project Kuiper broadband-by-satellite team are readying its next steps. Amazon’s Project Kuiper is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to launch 3236 satellites into low Earth orbit. […]

July 15, 2021

Branson and Bezos prepare for lift-off

To describe Sir Richard Branson as a successful entrepreneur is perhaps an understatement, but the world knows that billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops that category. However, when it comes to sub-orbital space flight, the pair are almost neck and neck in their ambitions. On July 11th, while insisting there’s absolutely no rivalry with Bezos, […]

July 8, 2021

Virgin Galactic passenger flights imminent?

Last week the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a licence extension to Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic. It means that the aircraft and rocket combination can now fly commercial passengers into near-space. This is the first FAA permission needed for Virgin Galactic to carry passengers. Branson has repeatedly promised to be aboard the first […]

June 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bezos brothers to make 1st flight on Blue Origin

The Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin rocket system is due to make its first flight carrying humans on July 20th. Bezos and his brother Mark will be on the flight along with the winner of the recent auction for a seat on the New Shepard version of the rocket. “Ever since I was five years old, […]

June 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit to lose space race with Bezos

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin/New Shephard rocket is scheduled to carry its first space tourist passengers on July 20th. The move means that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will now be a very definite second place in the race to tap into space tourism. A note to clients from investment bank UBS says that Virgin Galactic […]

May 10, 2021

Buy a seat on a Blue Origin rocket flight

Jeff Bezos is offering a seat on the debut passenger launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. Those interested can bid for the solitary place. The flight is scheduled for July 20th and will be a globally publicised event, such is its importance. Blue Origin said: “We are offering one seat on this first flight […]

May 6, 2021

Bezos nails Blue Origin rocket launch

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos reusable rocket project, Blue Origin, successfully launched its large New Shepard rocket and capsule to a height of some 106 kms (some 340,000 feet) before returning to Earth. The booster rocket returned to Earth in a textbook landing to its designated zone. The 6-seat capsule made its own descent with a parachute-aided […]

April 16, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bezos losing out to Musk in mega-satellite plan?

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos looks like suffering delays to his Project Kuiper broadband-by-satellite mega-constellation. Confirmed delays in the availability of his Blue Origin launch rocket could also affect Eutelsat which had reserved a flight on the rocket for one of its satellites. Bezos is backing the Blue Origin rocket launching system and they have delayed […]

March 2, 2021

Bezos’ Blue Origin creates Advisory Board

Jeff Bezos has appointed some notable space leaders and industry executives to an Advisory Board for his Blue Origin rocket business. “The Board will provide strategic counsel on the company’s mission to radically reduce the cost of access to space and the utilisation of in-space resources. In doing so, the Board will further advance Blue […]

December 3, 2020By Chris Forrester