The ultra-expensive space flights and the exclusive conference for dragonfly robots — here’s what you need to know about the billionaire’s space plans.
Jeff Bezos has done it. Elon Musk has done it. In fact, if you’re a billionaire who hasn’t started a space company you’re officially behind the times.
While SpaceX might have the name recognition (shooting a mannequin-driven car into spacewill do that for a brand), Blue Origin is nipping at its heels when it comes to the space race. And the two have a lot in common. Namely, eccentric billionaire founders who want to build a future for humanity far away from the confines of planet Earth.
In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at Bezos’ plans for space travel with Blue Origin and investigate just what the world’s richest man wants to do with his spacious, space-aged rockets.
The Blue Origin basics
Founded in 2000 by Amazon tycoon Bezos, Blue Origin’s mission is all about “building a road to space so our children can build the future.” It’s not a literal road — not even Amazon money can subsidize that much bitumen and white paint. Instead, Blue Origin wants to work toward a future where “millions of people are living and working in space.”
Sound ambitious? You bet. But the company is really working off the ethos that multiple parties have to work together to reach the goal of a future in space, and it takes ambitious organizations to make those first steps. Blue Origin also hopes that by using reusable rockets and subsidizing its costs by flying ultra-rich space tourists on jaunts past the Karman Line into microgravity, will help make it financially viable.
What’s with the name?
Blue Origin takes its name from the origin of all its rockets, here on Earth (also known as the Blue Planet). The logo is a feather, which symbolizes flight. This is a space company that does what it says on the can.
What is New Shepard?
There are two rockets in development that will zoom along Blue Origin’s road to the future.
First up is New Shepard. Named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard, this reusable rocket is designed to take human passengers (and research experiments) to the edge of space just past the Karman Line, at an altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles). As of January 2019, the rocket had been on 10 test flights, most recently carrying eight NASA-backed experiments into space. It hasn’t started flying humans yet, but those lucky passengers will get an 11-minute flight and the joy of experiencing weightlessness. Their wallets will also feel lighter, with tickets expected to cost up to $200,000 per person.
What is New Glenn?
New Glenn is Blue Origin’s rocket that will go into orbital space. It’s almost as big as NASA’s Saturn V rocket, and Blue Origin says it can carry twice the payload of other spacecraft currently available, and can take off and land in 95 percent of weather conditions. Blue Origin is billing this as a spacecraft that will take cargo into space for third parties who are willing to pay.
What’s this got to do with MARS?
While Bezos might not have immediate plans to go to the red planet, he’s still got a focus on Mars… sort of.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 19, 2019
— Lindy Elkins-Tanton (@ltelkins) March 18, 2019
MARS is Bezos’ annual conference focused on the future of technology (it stands for machine learning, automation, robotics, and space). Media aren’t allowed, so we only know what goes down from the many, many tweets that attendees post during the conference: the crazy robots that do yoga or fly like dragonflies, the Blue Origin rockets on display around the corner from Mark Hamill sitting on a deck chair.
If Blue Origin is a company started by the world’s richest man that is going to sell tickets to space for hundreds of thousands of dollars, then it only makes sense that Bezos’ space conference would also be for the rich and powerful to show them what the high-tech future holds.
To learn more about Blue Origin, Bezos and the super-exclusive wellness-futurism retreat that is MARS, check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. And you can get your space to fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube.
Kofi Kingston Set To Visit Ghana After 25 Years
Ghanaian-American professional wrestler, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah a.k.a Kofi Kingston is set to make a visit home to Ghana after winning the WWE Championship on April 7, 2019.
The reigning WWE champion was born in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He will be visiting his home country after 25 years of being away.
A Facebook post from the managers of the WWE world champion says plans are dar implace to his Kofi in his come country.
Over 11 years after making his debut in WWE, Kofi defeated Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35. He thus became the second African American (following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)and first African native to hold WWE’s signature title.
He bursting on the WWE scene in 2007, Kingston has established himself as one of WWE’s premier high-flyers.
Kingston also cemented his place in WWE history with a series of daredevil moments where he saved himself from elimination in several Royal Rumble Matches.
Peru: Former President Shoots Himself Dead To Avoid Going To Prison For Money Laundering
Former Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has according to reports from AFP, passed away. He was urgently taken to hospital on Wednesday as he was said to be suffering from high blood pressure, lawmaker Gilbert Violeta said.
Violeta told RPP radio station the 80-year-old was being treated in intensive care.
He is due to have a cardiac catheter fitted to examine his heart.
Kuczynski was arrested last week and was being held under 10-day preliminary detention until April 20, accused of money laundering.
He is one of four ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht — alongside Ollanta Humala (2011-16) Alan Garcia (1985-90 and 2006-11) and Alejandro Toledo (2001-06).
Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation.
The public prosecutor accuses Kuczynski of passing laws to favor Odebrecht when he was finance minister during Toledo’s government.
The former Peru president Alan Garcia has been reported dead, he was reportedly died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation, a party official said.
“Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra,” said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party.
Former Black Stars Player Named Assistant Coach Of Borrussia Dortmund
German Bundesliga outfit Borrussia Dortmund have appointed former Ghana international Otto Addo as the new assistant manager of the club.
The club took to their official Twitter account to announce the arrival of the former player.
“Delighted to announce the return of former Borussia Dortmund player, Otto Addo, who will serve as an assistant coach focusing on youth development”
The 43-year-old will be in charge of the youth development at the club thus helping in the nurturing of young talents into top players for the senior team among other duties.
The former Black Stars player played at the 2006 FIFA World cup in Germany making two starts in the tournament. He was also part of Dortmund’s German Bundesliga winning squad in the 2001-02 season with an appearance as well in the UEFA Cup final that same season.
Addo will join the team at the end of this season with his current job as the assistant coach at Borussia Monchengladbach yet to elapse.
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