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    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a billionaire heading to the stars. After over a decadelong hiatus, those with the time and money to burn on rocket fuel again took to the skies and beyond as space tourists and commercial astronauts. Since the last private explorer came down from a 12-day mission in 2009, there were no more private explorers until the “billionaire space race” missions launched in 2021. The five missions were in the works for years and envisioned by entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk of SpaceX, Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin, and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic. The billionaire space race has been criticized by some as being a playground for the uber-elite. THE FUTURE OF SPACE TRAVEL ACCORDING TO BRANSON, MUSK, AND BEZOS "We need to be focusing on this world rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future,” Prince William said, while a U.N. official said billionaires shouldn’t be "joyriding to space while millions go hungry on Earth." ...
    New York (CNN Business)When future generations write about the history of space travel, 2021 may well get its own chapter. "The year of the billionaires," it might be called.Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson each took supersonic joy rides to the edge of space, finally bringing their competing private-sector spacecraft into operation after around two decades of promises. Celebrities such as 90-year-old "Star Trek" actor William Shatner and "Good Morning America" co-host Michael Strahan followed soon after. Another billionaire self-funded a historic, three-day mission aboard a SpaceX orbital capsule that flew higher than any human has traveled in decades.And all that promises to just be the beginning. The trio of space billionaires — Branson, Bezos and Elon Musk — have their eyes set squarely on the future. Over the past year, their visions continued to bump up against one another, stirring up plenty of controversy and one-upmanship.Here's a look back at some of the most memorable moments the commercial space industry had to offer in the last year.Read MoreBranson v. BezosBranson's and Bezos' space companies have for years been working to...
    Elon Musk has once again ratcheted up his war of words with billionaire space race foe Jeff Bezos, saying the Amazon founder doesn't work as hard as him and should spend 'less time in the hot tub'. The Tesla CEO, who was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2021, did offer faint praise of his rival when he said he has 'reasonably good engineering aptitude', despite Blue Origin falling behind his own space company SpaceX. But he followed this up by adding that Bezos 'does not seem to be willing to spend mental energy getting into the details of engineering'.  Swipe: Elon Musk has ratcheted up his war of words with space race foe Jeff Bezos, saying the Amazon founder doesn't work as hard as him and should spend 'less time in the hot tub' The Tesla CEO, who was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2021, did offer faint praise of Blue Origin's Bezos (pictured) when he said he has 'reasonably good engineering aptitude' BEZOS VS MUSK: HOW THE RIVALRY BEGAN  The rivalry between SpaceX's Elon Musk and Blue...
    (CNN)There are two equally valid reactions to "Shatner in Space," an Amazon special about William Shatner's recent flight aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin: A cynical one, with Amazon essentially using the "Star Trek" actor as a living product placement; and a more generous read seeing the 90-year-old Shatner giddily reaching the final frontier, this time for real.Wisely, the special only runs about 47 minutes, enough time to throw in highlights from Shatner's career, introduce his companions and let Bezos explain his vision for space travel and its potential environmental benefits, in part while he and Shatner ride horses and chat. (The program contains a dedication to Glen de Vries, who died in a plane crash not long after this experience.)Both Bezos and de Vries make clear during their conversations with Shatner that they were "Star Trek" nerds growing up, and as an added bonus, the producers visit a convention along with the actor, where there's plenty of enthusiasm about Captain Kirk going to space. The only real cautionary note, understandably, comes from Shatner's kids, to whom he breaks the news...
    Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan caught a ride to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket-launching company Saturday, sharing the trip with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. “TOUCHDOWN has a new meaning now!!!” he tweeted after landing. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas, sending the capsule on a 10-minute flight with the two VIP guests and four paying customers. Their automated capsule soared to an altitude of 66 miles (106 kilometers), providing a few minutes of weightlessness before parachuting into the desert. The booster also came back to land successfully. It was five minutes and 50 miles (187 kilometers) shorter than Alan Shepard’s Mercury flight from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on May 5, 1961. His eldest daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, took along a tiny piece of his Freedom 7 capsule as well as mementos from his Apollo 14 moonshot. She also packed some golf balls; her dad hit a couple on the lunar surface. Blue Origin’s latest space passengers from left Laura Shepard Churchley, shares a laugh with Michael Strahan, Cameron Bess, Lane Bess, and...
    JEFF Bezos is being slammed online after celebrating his Blue Origin space trip instead of the collapse at one of his Amazon warehouses which ended up killing six people. A tornado barreled through Edwardsville, Illinois, hitting an Amazon warehouse that trapped around 100 workers inside. Six of them perished as a result. 5Jeff Bezos is getting slammed online for posting about his Blue Origin space mission instead of the Amazon warehouse collapse that killed six workersCredit: Instagram/@jeffbezos 5A tornado ripped through Edwardsville, IL, trapping over 100 workers insideCredit: AFP The Amazon founder made no mention of the tragedy when he went on social media praising a successful landing of one of his Blue Origin missions. “Happy crew this morning in the training center,” the billionaire wrote on Instagram along with a photo of “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan, a daughter of Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard and four others. A majority of the comments applauded Bezos on the successful mission but others weren’t so kind. “You should worry about the tornado situation more,” wrote one user. Another person asked,...
    Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan caught a ride to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket-launching company Saturday, sharing the trip with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas, sending the capsule on a 10-minute flight with the two VIP guests and four paying customers. Their automated capsule soared to an altitude of about 66 miles (106 kilometers), providing a few minutes of weightlessness before parachuting into the desert. The booster also came back to land successfully. It was five minutes and 50 miles (187 kilometers) shorter than Alan Shepard’s Mercury flight from Cape Canaveral on May 5, 1961. His eldest daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley, took along a tiny piece of his Freedom 7 capsule as well as mementos from his Apollo 14 moonshot. She also packed some golf balls; her dad hit a couple on the lunar surface. A co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," Strahan bubbled over with excitement in updates for the show all week. He took along his Super...
    [The livestream is slated to begin at 8:15 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see the web player above.] Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is set to launch its New Shepard rocket for the sixth time this year on Saturday, a mission that marks the first time the company will launch six passengers at once. Called NS-19, this New Shepard mission will carry a crew of two guests and four customers: astronaut Alan Shepard's daughter Laura Shepard Churchley, television host and NFL star Michael Strahan, space industry executive Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, venture capitalist Lane Bess and his son Cameron Bess. The company is currently targeting NS-19 liftoff at 9:45 a.m. EST.The crew of NS-19 takes a look at their ride to space. From left: Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan, Evan Dick, Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, and Dylan Taylor.Blue OriginThe NS-19 mission will bring Blue Origin to 14 people launched to space in 2021. The year has seen a flurry of private human spaceflight activity, with three U.S. companies bringing passengers past the edge of space...
    Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, is about to send former NFL great Michael Strahan into space — with a football. The co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and former New York Giant prepped Saturday for a morning blastoff from West Texas. Five others will join him on the 10-minute flight, including the eldest daughter of the first American in space, Alan Shepard. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is named for him. Strahan packed his Super Bowl ring and his newly retired No. 92 jersey for the ride. Bezos also put a football aboard that will go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Laura Shepard Churchley is taking up a tiny part of her father’s Freedom 7 Mercury capsule, which soared in 1961, as well as a few mementos that accompanied him to the moon on Apollo 14 in 1971. This is Blue Origin’s third passenger flight. Bezos, who founded Amazon six years before Blue Origin, was on the debut launch in July. The second, in October, included actor William Shatner — Captain James Kirk of TV’s original...
    A Blue Origin space trip that Michael Strahan is slated to be a passenger on has been delayed due to forecasted high winds on Thursday and Friday, the company announced Wednesday. The latest flight from Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosDorsey's exit shakes up Twitter future The dangers of anarchy in space Health risks of space tourism: Is it responsible to send humans to Mars? MORE’ space travel company was supposed to launch on Thursday but has been pushed back to Saturday. "Astronauts will complete training today and weather remains as the only gating factor for launch," Blue Origin wrote in a release. Strahan, the co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America" and former NFL defensive lineman, is among six people that are scheduled to be on the 10-minute space flight. Among those joining Shahan on the trip is Laura Shepard Churchley, the oldest daughter of America’s first astronaut, Alan Shepard. The trip will be the company's third passenger voyage since it began its space tourism launches in July. Passengers on previous trips included Bezos and actor William Shatner. Strahan said being present at the...
    Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin was set to launch its third space tourism flight on Thursday, but forecasted winds has pushed the mission to Saturday, December 11. Liftoff from Launch Site One is now targeted for 9:45am ET from Launch Site One in the West Texas town of Van Horn. This flight will include six passengers, who include Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley — the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly to space. The other four, who have paid a high price for the experience, include space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and Cameron Bess, who will become the first parent-child duo to fly in space. Wednesday’s announcement also states that the team has completed Flight Readiness Review and the vehicle has met all mission requirements for launch. Scroll down for videos  Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin was set to launch its third space tourism flight on Thurs, but forecasted winds has pushed the mission to Sat. Liftoff from Launch Site One...
    WEST TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas Southern University grad and New York Giants great Michael Strahan is headed back to his home state of Texas to prepare to blast into space next month. Strahan, a Houston native who just turned 50, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the December 9 mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her father and the first American in space. READ MORE: Hundreds Flock To Dallas Church For Funeral Of Youngest Astroworld Victim, 9-Year-Old Ezra BlountThe Blue Origin flight, the company headed by Jeff Bezos, will also carry four paying customers and will be the third by the New Shepard craft this year to shuttle humans to space. Blue Origin has not disclosed the ticket price for paying customers. The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will launch from the Van Horn, Texas-area carrying six people, two more than the previous two flights this year with humans aboard. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Gas Price Averages Across Texas Are The Highest In 8 YearsSimilar...
    Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month. Strahan, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the Dec. 9 mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her father and the first American in space. The Blue Origin flight, the company headed by Jeff Bezos, will also carry four paying customers and will be the third by the New Shepard craft this year to shuttle humans to space. Blue Origin has not disclosed the ticket price for paying customers. The 10-minute flight, five minutes less than Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury flight, will launch from West Texas carrying six people, two more than the previous two flights this year with humans aboard. Similar to previous jaunts, Strahan’s flight is likely to include about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth. Passengers are subjected to nearly 6 G’s, or six times the force of Earth’s gravity, as the capsule descends. Strahan, who played for 15 years in the National Football...
    An NFL legend will travel to outer space with Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin. Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan, a former defensive end who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2014, announced on the show he would be launched into space on Bezos’ aeronautical endeavor. Strahan will fly on Blue Origin’s New Shepard aircraft Dec. 9 with five others, including Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of famous astronaut Alan Shepard. The four others, such as venture capitalist Lane Bess and his son Cameron, investor Evan Dick, and Voyager Space CEO Dylan Taylor, paid for their ticket aboard the flight, according to 6abc. (RELATED: Bezos Offers To Waive $2 Billion In Fees To Secure Lunar Landing Contract) JUST IN: @michaelstrahan is going out of this world – literally! – and will be flying on @BlueOrigin’s #NewShepard rocket on December 9! https://t.co/zubchTcMg9 pic.twitter.com/mwVqRQ7HAB — Good Morning America (@GMA) November 23, 2021 Strahan, who is approximately 6 foot 3 inches tall, was measured for a special suit and is headed to Texas for training and additional safety lessons,...
    New York (CNN)Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, announced that it would be launching Good Morning America host Michael Strahan to the edge of space. Strahan will be joined by the daughter of the first American astronaut and four paying customers.Liftoff is slated for 9:30 am CT on December 9 from Blue Origin launch facilities near the rural town of Van Horn, Texas.Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, whose father Alan Shepard — the namesake of the Blue Origin rocket and capsule that will carry them to space — went on a suborbital flight in 1961 and later walked on the moon, will be joined by investors Dylan Taylor, Evan Dick, and Lane Bess, as well as Bess' adult child, Cameron Bess. Blue Origin said that Strahan and Shepard Churchley will be "honorary guests," much like the last celebrity Blue Origin sent to the edge of space, William Shatner, and have not paid for their tickets.This flight will mark the first time that Blue Origin will fill all six seats on its New Shepard suborbital launch vehicle. On the company's two...
    AMAZON founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark made history by going to space in July 2021. The billionaire received backlash from the public after taking the trip, with many threatening to boycott Amazon over the adventure. 1Blue Origin was founded by Jeff Bezos in 2000Credit: Blue Origin What is Blue Origin? Blue Origin is an American privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services founded by Jeff Bezos. The businessman founded the company in 2000, with Bob Smith serving as the CEO. The company is headquartered in Kent, Washington, and employs over 3,500 people. Blue Origin aims to make access to space cheaper and more reliable through reusable launch vehicles. The company's name refers to the blue planet, Earth, as the point of origin. What does the Blue Origin spaceship look like? Bezos and his brother Mark traveled on the New Shephard, a reusable rocket with an attached capsule. It is high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes. The capsule features six...
    In this article AMZNAmazon CEO Jeff BezosAlex Wong | Getty ImagesJeff 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 founder and executive chairman was asked what he would say to critics who argue that billionaires such as himself should be spending more of their fortune on targeting Earth's climate issues rather than space travel. "They're missing the duality that we need to do both and that the two things are deeply connected," Bezos told Harvard Business Review editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius. "I'm actually spending even more money on the Bezos Earth Fund than I'm spending on space." Bezos acknowledged there's a "tremendous amount to be done" on Earth, but that in order to "keep growing as a civilization," humans need to look to developing resources on other planets as well. Bezos launched the $10 billion Earth Fund in 2020 to issue grants to scientists,...
    New York (CNN Business)Rivian, the electric truck maker that's rocketed overnight from relative obscurity to $100 billion Wall Street darling, owes much of its breakout success to one very powerful fanboy: Jeff Bezos. And, less directly, to that fanboy's archnemesis Elon Musk. When the Amazon founder this summer became the first American entrepreneur to hurl himself to the edge of space on his own private company's rocket, Rivian trucks shuttled Bezos and his fellow astronauts to and from the West Texas launch site. Rivians blockbuster IPO shows how far weve come since Teslas debutThe Rivian shuttles during the widely publicized event were, of course, strategic product placement by Bezos for his handpicked contender to take on Tesla. At the time, Rivian was still a private company with no actual products on the market. But Amazon had made a big bet on Rivian in 2019, taking a 20% stake in the company. The famously (or notoriously) calculating Bezos was bringing two of his pet projects — Blue Origin and Rivian — onto the global stage at the same time.The cherry...
    Glen de Vries, the billionaire founder of Medidata Solutions who went to space alongside William Shatner aboard a Blue Origin rocket, has reportedly died in a plane crash. Sky News reports that Glen de Vries, the billionaire CEO of clinical research firm Medidata Solutions, has died in a plane crash. De Vries accompanied William Shatner aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft on October 13 where he spent more than ten minutes in space. This undated photo made available by Blue Origin in October 2021 shows, from left, Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. Their launch scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 will be Blue Origin’s second passenger flight, using the same capsule and rocket that Jeff Bezos used for his own trip three months earlier. (Blue Origin via AP) De Vries was killed along with another individual in a plane crash in New Jersey, according to police reports. We are devastated to hear of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and to his...
    In the future, space will be humanity's home and people will visit Earth on vacation, according to billionaire Jeff Bezos. The Blue Origin founder said on Wednesday that in centuries to come, people will be born in space and live in giant floating cylinders that could house up to a million people and re-create Earth's gravity and environment, with 'rivers, forests and wildlife' and regular Terran weather. Bezos made his prediction during a surprise appearance at a discussion about U.S. space policy featuring NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.   'Over centuries, many people will be born in space, it will be their first home,' Bezos said. 'They will be born on these colonies, live on these colonies, then they'll visit Earth the way you would visit, you know, Yellowstone National Park.' The talk was held at the Washington Cathedral as part of the 2021 Ignatius Forum in DC, hosted by Adi Ignatius, editor in chief of Harvard Business Review. Scroll down to video In an appearance in Washington, DC, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos predicted...
    The businessman who flew into space last month alongside William Shatner aboard the Blue Origin rocket died in a small plane crash on Thursday, police said. Glen de Vries, 49, co-founder of Medidata Solutions, was taking flying lessons with Thomas Fischer, 54, of Fischer Aviation, when their plan crashed in Sussex County, New Jersey at 3 p.m.  Both men perished in the crash, the New Jersey State Police Department said.  De Vries' death comes a month after he paid to board Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket with Shatner, Australian entrepreneur Chris Boshuizen and Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers.  He had called the experience 'a dream come true.'  Blue Origin tweeted, 'We are devastated to hear of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and to his fellow crewmates. His passion for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will long be revered and admired.'  Glen de Vries, 49, co-founder of Medidata Solutions died in a small plane crash on Friday The single-engine plane crashed in...
    Jeff Bezos’ space exploration firm Blue origin has lost a lawsuit against NASA over a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX. CNBC reports that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled against a complaint by Jeff Bezos’ Blue origin this week in a lawsuit over NASA’s awarding of a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX earlier this year. Jeff Bezos at Blue Origin press event ( Joe Raedle /Getty) Federal Judge Richard Hertlin ruled against Blue Origin, putting an end to a battle between Bezos’space exploration company and NASA that began in August. NASA stated that work with SpaceX will continue “as soon as possible” now that a ruling has been made. Elon Musk strikes a SpaceX pose (pool/Getty) NASA added: “There will be forthcoming opportunities for companies to partner with NASA in establishing a long-term human presence at the Moon under the agency’s Artemis program.” A spokesperson for Blue origin told CNBC in a statement that the company’s lawsuit “highlighted the important safety issues with the Human Landing System procurement process that must...
    New York (CNN Business)A federal judge delivered a major blow to Jeff Bezos' space company, Blue Origin, on Thursday by ruling in favor of NASA in a dispute over who will build the lander intended to take humans back to the moon.Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the two wealthiest people on this planet, each want their own companies to be at the center of NASA's plans to return astronauts to the moon. But NASA only has enough money for one of them, and it went with Musk's SpaceX. Blue Origin has fought that decision ever since, saying NASA unfairly favored SpaceX, and argued that the space agency would be better served by funding both SpaceX and Blue Origin's plans to develop vehicles capable of landing on the moon. But all of Blue Origin's efforts thus far to overturn NASA's decision have fallen flat. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are arguing over the moon already. Heres what it all meansThe legal dispute had put NASA and SpaceX's work on the contract for the Human Landing System (HLS), as the program is...
    The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, took to Twitter to needle Jeff Bezos—again. The cause this time? On Thursday, a judge struck down a lawsuit Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, had filed against NASA, over claims that the space agency improperly awarded a $2.9 billion contract entirely to Musk’s firm SpaceX. Musk posted a meme celebrating the loss: “You have been judged,” it read. CNBC first reported on Thursday’s decision. The full opinion remains sealed for the time being. The billionaires’ space feud traces to last spring, when NASA handed the lunar lander contract to SpaceX. Blue Origin and another firm, Dynetics, had sought at least a piece of the award. Blue Origin tried to appeal to the Government Accountability Office, though its complaints were shot down. The GAO’s managing associate general counsel for procurement law said that “SpaceX submitted the lowest-priced proposal with the highest rating, and... the offers submitted by Blue Origin and Dynetics were significantly higher in price.” Bezos then offered to waive $2 billion in fees to NASA, an effort that also fell...
    A federal judge has ruled against Blue Origin in its lawsuit against NASA over a $2.9 billion contract that the space agency awarded to SpaceX. Federal judge Richard Hertling of the U.S. Federal Court of Claims ruled against the Jeff Bezos-founded company, siding with the defense in the matter. The denial of Blue Origin's lawsuit was first reported by CNBC.  DailyMail.com has reached out to Blue Origin with a request for comment.  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded to the news, with a Judge Dredd meme.  Blue Origin filed a suit in August that said NASA had originally intended to award multiple contracts for the lunar lander. NASA eventually chose the Elon Musk-led SpaceX as the sole provider for the award. Following the lawsuit, NASA temporarily stopped work on the contract.
    Jeff Bezos, left, and Elon MuskGetty Images; Reuters The U.S. Federal Court of Claims ruled against Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin in the company's lawsuit against NASA over a lucrative astronaut lunar lander contract awarded to Elon Musk's SpaceX earlier this year. Federal judge Richard Hertling sided with the defense in his ruling, completing a months long battle after Blue Origin sued NASA in August. NASA in April awarded SpaceX with the sole contract for the agency's Human Landing System program under a competitive process. Worth $2.9 billion, the SpaceX contract will see the company use its Starship rocket to deliver astronauts to the moon's surface for NASA's upcoming Artemis missions. This story is developing. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Maybe he's not a Prime member? Tom Hanks, them Hollywood legend best known for films like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Apollo 13," said in an interview Wednesday that Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon offered to fly him to space before William Shatner…but for a steep price. The Hollywood A-lister appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and was asked about rumors that Bezos offered to fly him to space before William Shatner. Hanks confirmed the rumor but joked, "provided I pay." BLUE ORIGIN / HANDOUT A screenshot taken from a live handout video on October 13, 2021 shows Jeff Bezos talks to William Shatner after Blue Origin's New Shepard crew capsule landed back in Texas. (Photo by Blue Origin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) (Photo by Blue Origin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) "And, you know, it costs, like 28 million bucks or something like that…and I’m doing good, Jimmy…I’m doing good" but he said he isn’t going to fork over that amount. (Shatner reportedly did not have to pay.) The New York Times reported last month that the company has...
    Jeff Bezos speaks at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, United Kingdom on November 2, 2021.Paul Ellis | Pool | Getty Images Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has pledged $2 billion in funding to help restore nature and transform food systems. The funding, which will come from the Bezos Earth Fund, is part of the billionaire's commitment to spend $10 billion on fighting climate change this decade. "Nature is beautiful but it is also fragile," Bezos told delegates at the COP26 climate conference on Tuesday. "I was reminded of this in July when I went into space with Blue Origin. I was told seeing the earth from space changes the lens through which you view the world, but I was not prepared for just how much that would be true." Describing 2021 as a critical year, Bezos urged humanity to "stand together to protect our world." "Each year, forests and landscapes absorb 11 billion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. As we destroy nature, we reverse this process," he told the event in Glasgow, U.K. "In too many parts of the...
    Billionaire Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez met with Britain's Prince Charles last night on the eve of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.  The meeting came two days after the Amazon founder was in Turkey celebrating the 66th birthday of fellow-billionaire Bill Gates as the pair vacationed on superyachts.  The group were seen in a photograph shared on Bezos's social media pages enjoying a cup of tea at Dumfries House, a Scottish country mansion near Glasgow. 'The Prince of Wales has been involved in fighting climate change and protecting our beautiful world for five decades — far longer than most,' Besoz wrote on Twitter and Instagram along with the photograph. 'We had a chance to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 — looking for solutions to heal our world, and how the @BezosEarthFund can help.'  Pictured: Billionaire Jeff Bezos (centre) and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez (right) meet with Britain's Prince Charles (left) last night on the eve of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow In a separate picture, Ms Sanchez posted a picture to Instagram of 57-year-old Bezos,...
    JEFF Bezos' Blue Origin on Monday announced it wants to launch a space station that will house up to 10 people in the second half of the decade. "Orbital Reef" is described as a mixed-use business park in space that will support microgravity research and manufacturing. 8Blue Origins has unveiled plans for an orbiting space parkCredit: AFP 8'Orbital Reef' will be operational by 2030, according to the companyCredit: AFP 8The 'business park in space' will be used for microgravity research and manufacturingCredit: AFP 8Crew members will grow plantlife on the station, possibly as a food sourceCredit: Blue Origin It's a joint venture with commercial space company Sierra Space and has the support of Boeing and Arizona State University, according to a press release. "For over sixty years, NASA and other space agencies have developed orbital space flight and space habitation, setting us up for commercial business to take off in this decade," said Blue Origin executive Brent Sherwood. "We will expand access, lower the cost, and provide all the services and amenities needed to normalize space flight." The private outpost...
    Blue Origin is partnering with several aerospace firms to build a private space station, the Jeff Bezos-founded company announced on Monday. Orbital Reef, described in a release as a 'mixed use business park' in space,' is expected to ready to be released into low Earth orbit by 2030, right about when NASA is slated to mothball the International Space Station. The proposed platform is a collaboration between Blue Origin and Sierra Space, a subsidiary of aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation, with additional technology from Boeing, Redwire Space and Genesis Engineering Solutions.  'The station will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by facilitating the growth of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future,' according to the release. Scroll down for video Blue Origin has announced Orbital Reef, a private-sector space station its developing with  Sierra Space, a subsidiary of aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation. Additional resources for the platform, slated to be operation by the end of the decade, will come from Boeing, Redwire Space and Genesis Engineering Solutions Bezos has been looking into building a...
    New York (CNN Business)Blue Origin, the rocket and space tourism company founded by Jeff Bezos, is proposing a massive new commercial space station called "Orbital Reef" that could be used to host science experiments, vacation getaways, and potentially even in-space manufacturing. The company plans to work alongside startup Sierra Space to bring the space station to fruition, and Boeing plans to design a research module on the station, though there are no guarantees the companies can make it happen. Such projects are still exorbitantly expensive and risky, likely costing in the tens of billions of dollars and requiring multiple safe launches before a human ever even floats aboard.Blue Origin and Sierra Space plan to co-finance the space station, though executives declined to give an all-in cost estimate during a press conference Monday. They did add that they are expecting to sign on NASA as an anchor tenant, though it's not exactly clear how such a partnership could take shape.NASA has put out calls for proposals for commercial space stations as the 20-year-old International Space Station — which has hosted crews...
    A rendering of the "Ocean Reef" space station in orbit.Blue Origin WASHINGTON – Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin on Monday unveiled its plan for a private space station called "Orbital Reef," which it will build in partnership with multiple space companies and expects to deploy between 2025 and 2030. Blue Origin describes the Orbital Reef station, which would be habitable for up to 10 people, as a "mixed use business park" in space – as well as capable of "exotic hospitality" for space tourists. Ocean Reef is designed to have almost as much habitable volume as the International Space Station. The company's primary partner for the station is Sierra Space, a subsidiary of aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation, with the team also including Boeing, Redwire Space, and Genesis Engineering. "We're just beginning to understand the tremendous implications that microgravity research, development and manufacturing can mean, for not only for exploring the universe and making discoveries but improving life on Earth," Redwire executive vice president Mike Gold told CNBC.Blue OriginBlue Origin will provide the space station's "utility systems" and "core modules," and...
    Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Elon MuskJoe 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 forward in flying people to the edge of space, in what is known as suborbital space tourism, Branson's Virgin Galactic took a step back – putting the latter company at least a year behind the former in the niche market. Blue Origin launched its second crewed spaceflight Wednesday – carrying two paying customers, as well as guest William Shatner. A day later, Virgin Galactic announced an unexpected schedule reorganization to spend eight to 10 months improving its vehicles, delaying remaining spaceflight tests and officially confirming it does not expect to begin commercial service before late 2022. "In our view this equates to lost momentum in the space tourism race given the recent successes had by SpaceX (Private) and Blue Origin (Private)," Truist analyst Michael Ciarmoli wrote...
    Putting their long-running feud to one side for a moment, Elon Musk congratulated Jeff Bezos for the 'cool' decision to send Star Trek's William Shatner into space. The rare show of solidarity came hours after Prince William offered an unexpected rebuke of the pair's race to leave Earth during a BBC Newscast interview. The Duke of Cambridge, 39, said the world's greatest minds should be 'fixed on trying to repair this planet', rather than taking steps towards a life on another. The support between the pair of space-focused billionaires is a rare reprieve in their long-running rivalry, which is thought to date back to a bad meeting in 2004. Since then, the duo have clashed repeatedly — with notable battles including a dispute over access to a NASA launch pad and a patent for drone ship technology. In recent years, the billionaires have fired salvos at each other publicly on Twitter, with Musk mocking Bezos earlier this week for losing his spot as wealthiest man. Scroll down for videos Putting their long-running feud to one side for a moment, Elon Musk...
    In 2019, President Donald Trump was already planning to end his second term in office with a mighty blast that would secure his place in history. He would get Americans back on the moon in 2024—four years sooner than NASA planned. The last American astronaut to walk on the moon was Eugene Cernan, in December 1972, for Apollo 17. Those missions had been a momentous achievement, matching American technical mastery with human courage and the aspirational dreams of the whole world. But all that ambition suddenly dried up, like the arid dust on the lunar surface. It was partly an inevitable pause. To have any lasting consequences like establishing permanent bases on the moon, future missions would need to be far more robust. The technology wasn’t yet ready for that. Robotic exploration took over as the next amazing wave of space exploration, needing none of the hugely expensive life support systems of crewed missions. This cost-effective approach has been remarkable enough that a Mars rover can launch its own helicopter, collect and store geological samples, and oversee their return to...
    London (CNN Business)Prince William has criticized billionaires who are focused on space tourism, saying they should instead be investing more time and money in saving Earth.The Duke of Cambridge spoke about the current rush for space travel in an interview with the BBC's Newscast podcast, which aired on Thursday.He said: "We need some of the world's greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live."William, a former air ambulance helicopter pilot, stated that he had "absolutely no interest" in going as high as space.He also expressed concerns over the environmental impact of space tourism, adding that there was a "fundamental question" over the carbon cost of space flights.Prince William has said that efforts to save the Earth by the world's "greatest minds" should come before space tourism.Read MorePrince William's comments were broadcast just a day after "Star Trek" star William Shatner, 90, became the oldest person to go to space aboard a New Shepard spacecraft, developed by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin — which blasted the billionaire himself...
    Prince William photographed during a visit to Dulwich Hamlet FC in south London on September 23, 2021.Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Prince William appears to have taken a swipe at the space tourism espoused by some of the world's most high-profile billionaires. Speaking to the BBC, William said: "We've seen everyone trying to get space tourism going ... we need some of the world's greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live." The Duke of Cambridge's comments — which were broadcast in full on Thursday — come in the same week that the 90-year-old actor William Shatner was launched into space by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. In a face to face conversation with Bezos after returning to Earth, Shatner said: "What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I'm so filled with emotion about what just happened." Bezos himself undertook a spaceflight on July 20.More from CNBC Climate:Read more about how businesses and consumers...
    More On: prince william ‘Threat to the family’: Prince Andrew has no way back to public life with royals Prince William and Kate Middleton take kids to beer garden for lunch Prince Harry, Prince William pay tribute to Prince Philip in new doc Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate her brother’s French wedding Prince William belittled the recent frenzy of space tourism shortly after Star Trek’s William Shatner dipped into space on Jeff Bezos’ rocket. The Duke of Cambridge was speaking about his initiative to “repair our planet” on Thursday and encouraged billionaires to get their heads out of the clouds. “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” William told the BBC. Shatner’s journey to space was the latest flight by Bezo’s Blue Origin venture. The Amazon honcho is competing with Richard Branson and Tesla’s Elon Musk to turn the great beyond into a lucrative industry. The prince said our best and brightest should be “trying to...
    It was undeniably exciting to watch William Shatner blast off into space. It was a brilliant bit of marketing by Jeff Bezos to have Captain Kirk himself on board for yesterday’s second and highly successful Blue Origin spaceflight. The media were riveted by the 90-year-old former Star Trek commander, who is in amazing shape, talking about the enormity of the leaving the thin blue atmosphere for the deathly blackness of space. When he put his hands on Bezos’ shoulders, hugged and thanked him for "the most profound experience I can imagine," it was a triumph for the Amazon founder--who gave everyone a champagne shower--and his rocket company. And the outfit narrates and produces it, with its debriefing of the astronauts in the West Texas desert, in a way that Richard Branson, who beat Bezos to space, did not. PRESS SUDDENLY GRAPPLING WITH BIDEN’S POLITICAL SLIDE AS DEMOCRATS GROW WORRIED But there’s another Blue Origin story this week—one that’s basically received no coverage on television. It’s about one official who resigned, writing a long memo to Bezos: "Our current culture is...
    AN EMOTIONAL William Shatner exclaims upon his return back to Earth following his flight to space on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin capsule. Flying some 66.5 miles above the earth's atmosphere, an awestruck Shatner announced "Oh Jesus" as he recognized his position over the West Texas desert. 3William Shatner became the oldest person to go to space 3Shatner was so emotional he exclaimed "Oh Jesus" as he looked out onto earthCredit: Reuters Known as the own space captain James Kirk from the popular cult fiction Star Trek, Shatner made history on Wednesday by becoming the oldest person to launch into space - and had an emotional time returning. The 90-year-old actor was part of a four-person crew who left the surface of the earth to launch into low earth orbit at about 11AM on Wednesday, and video of the actor experiencing the journey is out of this world to say the least. Video shows the actor floating and looking down at the earth from the Blue Origin mission, dubbed NS-18. It was the second human-crewed mission aboard the company. Prior to...
    Blue Origin / YouTube William Shatner with Jeff Bezos In what may have been one of the most hyped and anticipated space missions in recent history, the man known to millions as Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner, made history yesterday. He became the oldest person yet to launch into space and appeared to have returned a changed person.  The “Star Trek” icon, who just turned 90-years-old, was part of a four-person crew who launched into low Earth orbit and returned to the planet around 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Shatner was part of the Blue Origin mission, dubbed NS-18. It became the second human-crewed mission from Jeff Bezos’ space private space company. More than a million people watched the Blue Origin live stream on YouTube. At the same time, television networks around the world broadcast the launch. Shatner was joined by three others for the trip, which lasted just about ten minutes from start to finish. The Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations for Blue Origin, Audrey Powers, was part of the team and entrepreneur Chris Boshuizen and the owner of a medical...
    VIDEO4:0704:07'So important for everyone to have this experience,' Shatner says after suborbital space flightTechCheck "What you've given me is the most profound experience I can imagine." Those were the words of William Shatner moments after returning to Earth from a trip just beyond the edge of space during an emotional talk with Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. The Canadian actor, who famously played Capt. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" television series, added that the spaceflight was "unbelievable" and something that "everybody in the world needs to do." "It was so moving to me," Shatner said. Bezos' company launched Shatner and three others in a New Shepard rocket on Wednesday, with the crew spending a couple minutes in microgravity during the trip to space and back. Read the full transcript of what Shatner told Bezos below or watch the video above. Shatner: "Everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see ... it was unbelievable." Shatner: "I mean, the little things, the weightlessness, and to see the blue color whip by and now you're...
    (CNN Español) — El actor William Shatner, el capitán Kirk de “Star Trek”, no pudo ocultar su emoción tras viajar al espacio en la nave de la empresa Blue Origin de Jeff Bezos, y aseguró que la experiencia “es más profunda” de la que podía imaginar. Al llegar a Tierra habló durante varios minutos con Jeff Bezos y describió emocionado al viaje que acababa de completar. Minuto a minuto: William Shatner llegó al espacio en la misión Blue Origin A continuación, las principales frases de Shatner: Mira el regreso de la misión de Blue Origin a la Tierra 1:10 “Estoy tan lleno de emoción por lo que acaba de suceder. Es extraordinario, extraordinario. Espero poder mantener lo que siento ahora. No quiero perderlo. Es mucho más grande que yo y la vida” Shatner, quien se convirtió en la persona de mayor edad en viajar al espacio a los 90 años, estuvo al borde de las lágrimas mientras hablaba con Bezos tras volver a la Tierra. “Todos en este mundo necesitan hacer esto” Shatner recibió alas de vuelo del fundador de...
    William Shatner, famous for portraying Capt. James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, became the oldest person to travel in a rocket to space Wednesday as part of a Blue Origin flight. "Not only is it different than what you thought, the impression I had, that I never expected to have, is the shooting up," Shatner said upon landing after his flight. Shatner, 90, broke the record, which was set during a July Blue Origin flight, by eight years, according to a report . CAPT. KIRK IS HEADED BACK TO SPACE "I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now & then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me," Shatner tweeted after landing. The mission launched from a site in West Texas , and Jeff Bezos , the founder of the aerospace company, drove Shatner and his...
    Star Trek actor William Shatner was brimming with emotion as he spoke to Jeff Bezos after flying into space and returning to Earth. Blue Origin completed their second passenger flight mission to space on Wednesday, launching Shatner and his 3 crew-mates into space with their New Shepard reusable rocket. Bezos greeted the four astronauts after their capsule successfully parachuted back down to Texas, and he stood by Shatner as the actor spoke to reporters about the enormity of the experience. At one point, Shatner put his arms around Bezos’ shoulders and told him “what you have given me is the most profound experience I could have.” “I am so filled with emotion about what just happened,” he said. “It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.” Shatner and Bezos fully embraced as the actor continued to speak, growing steadily more emotional as he went. The two of them also spoke of the experiences they shared since Bezos took a Blue Origin craft into...
    William Shatner got emotional and introspective in a way only the Captain Kirk actor could upon his successful return back to Earth after venturing into space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket.  The 90-year-old actor joined Blue Origin vice president of New Shepard mission and flight operations Audrey Powers and a handful of others as they blasted off on the aerospace company’s suborbital spaceflight on Wednesday. The successful mission makes him the oldest person to travel to space.  Upon returning back to Earth after the 11-minute trip, Shatner emerged from the space capsule where he immediately spoke with CEO Jeff Bezos about the profound experience he just underwent.  "In a way it’s indescribable. In a way it’s indescribable," he said immediately upon emerging as a real-life astronaut after famously playing a space traveler for years on "Star Trek." "What you have done," he said to Bezos, getting visibly emotional. "Everybody in the world needs to do this, everybody in the world needs to see the… It was unbelievable. Unbelievable." After turning down some celebratory champagne from Bezos, the actor began...
    By MARCIA DUNN and RICK TABER VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company. The “Star Trek” hero and three fellow passengers hurtled to an estimated 66 miles (106 kilometers) over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule, then safely parachuted back to Earth in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes. “You have done something,” an exhilarated Shatner told Bezos as he emerged from the capsule, the words spilling from him in a torrent. ”What you have given me is the most profound experience.” He added: “I hope I never recover from this.” He said that going from the blue sky to the blackness of space was a moving experience that made him wonder, “Is that the way death is?” Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record — set by a passenger on a similar jaunt on a Bezos spaceship in July...
    William Shatner is boldly going where no nonegenarian Hollywood star has gone before. The 90-year-old Star Trek actor was set to blast off Wednesday morning aboard the Blue Origin rocket in West Texas. It will be the second human flight for Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the Amazon billlionaire’s private aerospace company. Shatner and his fellow crew mates are expected to be in space for just several minutes, reaching an altitude of 66 miles, befor the rocket parachutes back to Earth. Watch Live:  William Shatner and the other three passengers began strapping in for a morning launch from remote West Texas on a trip expected to last just 10 minutes, with the fully automated capsule set to reach an altitude of about 66 miles (106 kilometers) before parachuting back to the desert floor. Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin, invited Shatner on the jaunt to the final frontier, a mission that would make him the oldest person in space. Bezos himself drove the four to the pad and was with them on the platform high above the ground as they...