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.
A Serious Boyfriend Will Cook For You When You Visit Him, Not The Other Way Round : Woman Warns Daughter
Now which mother will give this sort of advice if she really wants her daughter to attract suitors? A young lady identified as Alhaja Gold @Yommmms revealed that her mother warned never to cook for her boo nor tidy up his place whenever she visits him because according to her, any serious man would ensure his house is clean and there is cooked food to eat.
She wrote; “Everytime I’m going over to see a boy, my mother warns me not to cook or clean in his house. ‘If he’s a serious person, he will make sure you’re coming into a clean house and there’s something for you to eat.’
Guys, what do you think about this, will you entertain such a woman in your life based on this advice her own mom gave her? We are waiting for your views.
Everytime I’m going over to see a boy, my mother warns me not to cook or clean in his house. ‘If he’s a serious person, he will make sure you’re coming into a clean house and there’s something for you to eat.’
— Alhaja Gold✨ (@Yommmms) June 22, 2019
Forget Obinim, Obofour And The Rest; I’m The Most Powerful Ghanaian Preacher : Opambour Explains Why
Founder and leader of Ebenezer Miracle Worship Center, Reverend Ebenezer Adarkwa Yardom aka Opambour has stated categorically that he is the most powerful Ghanaian preacher all other things being equal.
His assertion comes just after Bishop Obinim asserted that he is the most powerful man of God in Ghana and that his colleague pastors don’t come close to him in the spiritual world.
Bishop Opambour’s assertion seems to be a subtle response to Obinim who is the founder and leader of the International Godsway Church. However, Opambour in a recent television broadcast revealed that he is the only one God has given him the power to do his work both spiritually and physically.
“Let me tell you something when they talk about the power of God you don’t understand. You have to come so that I can tell you how the power of God looks like because I am the only person he has given his power. He has given me all the powers to do his work spiritually and physically. There is nobody powerful in Ghana than me…so come and let me help you”. Opambour revealed in a recent telecast on Prophet 1 television.
He, therefore, called on anyone who needs his help to consult him because no one comes close to him in the spiritual realm. He added that those who’ve never had an encounter with His should run to him as soon as possible.
Bro Sammy To Face 15 Years Imprisonment If Found Guilty : FDA
Gospel musician Brother Sammy is likely to face 15 years imprisonment and could also be fined a maximum amount of 180,000 cedis if found guilty.
According to the Public Relations Officer for the Food and Drugs Authority, James Lartey, the gospel musician flouted the law when he advertised his drug on social media without approval from the agency.
“We’ve reported him to the police because he has flouted our law. Well, this is an offence against the law, so we’ve left everything for the police. So the police will be doing the investigation and questioning, and if found guilty he will be sent to court.
According to the Public Health Act, Act 851, when you flout the law and you’re found guilty, you’ll pay a minimum fine of GHs 90,000 or maximum fine of GHs 180,000 and then if the Judge decides to jail you, the minimum jail term is 15years and the maximum is 25years or the Judge can say he will do both” he disclosed.
He also stated that his outfit is putting measures in place to bring offenders like Bro Sammy to book for selling unapproved products.
The gospel musician was arrested over the weekend after he revealed that he has the cure for cancer, diabetes, Asthma and the deadly HIV/AIDS.
Bro Sammy stated that his drug which is ‘Spiritual Divine Healing Water’ was a revelation by God.
He was however invited by the Food and Drugs Authority to aid in the investigation because his so-called healing water was not approved by the agency.
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