Thursday, July 29

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Boeing will once again try to fly its spaceship to the space station for NASA on Friday, after failing its first attempt

LoadingSomething is loading. On Friday, Boeing's Starliner spaceship will attempt to redeem itself after botching its last major test flight.The company's eventual goal is to fly astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA, the way SpaceX already does. Both companies developed their launch systems through NASA's Commercial Crew Program, a competition that awarded funding to private companies in order to develop new astronaut-rea...
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Warren Buffett won’t be following Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson into space-he ruled out a rocket trip 25 years ago

Warren Buffett. CNBC Warren Buffett won't be following Jeff Bezos or Richard Branson into space. The investor once said he admired space explorers but had no desire to board a rocket himself. Buffett joked he would charge less to insure Elon Musk's Mars mission if Musk was on board. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Virgin's Richard Branson blasted themselves into space this month, while SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's grand vision is colonizing Mars. Warren Buffett doesn't share his fellow billionaires' passion for interstellar travel-he ruled out leaving Earth 25 years ago.Buffett-who made his fortune investing in staid companies like Coca-Cola and Gillette-takes the same approach to fast-changing businesses and industries as he does to extraterrestria...
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Watch live as Jeff Bezos launches to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s first passenger flight

Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth, is about to fly to the edge of space.The billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin is riding a New Shepard rocket up to the Kármán line — an imaginary boundary 62 miles (100 kilometers) above sea level, where many experts say space begins. There, he's expected to experience weightlessness and stunning views of Earth for about three minutes.Bezos won't be flying solo. His brother, Mark, is set to join him, along with an 18-year-old Dutch high school graduate named Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator who trained to go to space in the 1960s but was ultimately denied the opportunity because she was a woman.New Shepard has flown successfully 15 times, but never with peo...
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Jeff Bezos is risking his life to reach space. The rocket has flown 15 times, but he’ll have no pilot and possibly no spacesuit.

LoadingSomething is loading. Jeff Bezos is about to place his life in the hands of Blue Origin's rocket engineers.Bezos, who founded the company in 2000, will be the first passenger on its New Shepard rocket, along with his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen. The group is set to strap into a capsul...
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If Jeff Bezos’ rocket fails during launch, an emergency system should jettison him to safety

LoadingSomething is loading. When Jeff Bezos rockets into space on Tuesday, he'll be taking a huge risk. New Shepard has flown successfully 15 times since 2015, though never with people onboard. So although it's a relatively reliable launch system, rockets are always risky."It's about 10,000 times more dangerous than flying on a commercial airliner," George ...
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Billionaire Richard Branson aims to fly to the edge of space as early as July 11, narrowly beating Jeff Bezos

After weeks of flying rumors, Richard Branson has finally confirmed that he's aiming to reach the edge of space before Jeff Bezos.The two billionaires both founded their own spaceflight companies — Bezos started Blue Origin in 2000 and Branson created Virgin Galactic in 2004 — with the ultimate dream of getting to space themselves. Their personal space race might end next weekend.That's because Virgin Galactic announced Thursday that it's planning to launch Branson aboard its next test flight, as early as July 11. Bezos won't be climbing aboard his company's New Shepard rocket until July 20."I've always been a dreamer. My mum taught me to never give up and to reach for the stars," Branson said on Twitter. "On July 11, it's ti...