US will no longer issue Astronaut Wings for commercial space travel: Here’s why

Access to space has become much easier in recent times with Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and SpaceX working to provide non-astronauts with space flights. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Saturday said it would no longer issue Commercial Space Astronaut Wings, instead recognising on its website individuals that reach space. Astronaut wings are pins … Read more

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launches and returns first six passenger spaceflight

The NS-19 capsule returns with the crew above the Texas desert. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin on Saturday launched its New Shepard rocket for the sixth time this year, a mission that marked the first time the company launched six passengers at once. Called NS-19, this New Shepard mission carried a crew of two … Read more

Here’s why NASA delayed sending next man and first woman to moon

Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. (Reuters) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has delayed its manned mission to the moon until 2025. The US space agency last sent humans to the moon as part of the Apollo Lunar Mission in 1972. NASA … Read more

Jeff Bezos says he spends more on climate than space travel and recounts the time he played an alien

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Alex Wong | Getty Images Jeff Bezos may have earmarked $1 billion of Amazon stock a year to fund his Blue Origin rocket company, but he says he’s spending more of his fortune on addressing climate change. During an interview at the Ignatius Forum in Washington, D.C., last week, the Amazon … Read more

Virgin Galactic has sold 700 more space tickets

Virgin Galactic has sold around 700 tickets since flying its founder Richard Branson to space over summer, with commercial service expected to begin by the end of 2022, the company said in its financial results Monday. The current price of the fare is $450,000 per seat, well above the $200,000-$250,000 paid by some 600 customers … Read more

Lawmakers question whether top Amazon executives lied to Congress

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images Five members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy questioning whether the company’s top executives misled Congress or lied under oath as part of a broad investigation into competitive practices at big tech companies. Reps. Jerrold … Read more

Branson is trailing Bezos in space tourism, while Musk’s SpaceX competes in a league of its own

Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk Joe Skipper | Reuters; Joe Raedle | Getty Images; Paul Hennessy | SOPA Images | Getty Images 2021 has been a whirlwind for private space tourism, with this week especially crucial for the ventures founded by Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson. While Bezos’ Blue Origin took a step … Read more

Tech whistleblowers are having a moment, and one woman who’s been there has found a new way to help

Former Google, Facebook and Pinterest employee Ifeoma Ozoma launched a free resource guide and a new California law in the same week. Ifeoma Ozoma Whistleblowers are getting louder in Silicon Valley. Most notable is ex-Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who testified in front of Congress this week after revealing documents that showed the company is aware … Read more

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is launching William Shatner on October tourist spaceflight

William Shatner Anjali Sundaram | CNBC Science fiction will soon become reality, as William Shatner is scheduled to launch on the next crewed spaceflight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Blue Origin plans to fly the Canadian actor, who famously played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series, as one of the passengers on … Read more

Turmoil at Bezos’ Blue Origin: Talent exodus came after CEO’s push for full return to the office

Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos walks with Blue Origin’s President and CEO Bob Smith after Bezos flew on the company’s inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the nearby town of Van Horn, Texas, U.S. July 20, 2021. Joe Skipper | Reuters Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is suffering from an elevated turnover rate, CNBC … Read more