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Muqadas

Muqadas

I'm Muqadas, I am an M.Phi graduated doing majors in Marketing. I have gained a lot of experience in the past  years in various projects and have excelled in writing.

The Commercial Space Travel Race Between Blue Origin & Virgin Galactic Technology

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are two of the most popular private space tourism companies with emerging technologies in the world. But what’s the difference between the two? Virgin Galactic is a commercial space travel company which is owned by Richard Branson, who has been found of space tourism himself. This space tourism company has a more traditional business model of creating tourism opportunities to space. It also sells suborbital flights that take passengers up to Mach 3 (3 times the speed of sound) for $250,000 per space tourist. On the other hand, Blue Origin was founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2000. Rather than focusing on selling tickets for trips into space, it focuses on developing infrastructure for future missions and making money from unmanned rocket launches and satellite launches.

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two and the Blue origin New Shepard are making strides in the space tourism. The New Shepard has a test flight that reached more than 100 km above the surface of earth while the Spaceship Two took its first passenger flight earlier this year.

Both companies have different approaches to take tourists into space, but they both use emerging technologies to achieve their goals. There is no clear winner yet as each space Tourism Company has their own advantages and disadvantages that could be advantageous when combined with other companies’ technology in the future.

The differences between the two make it hard to compare them, but here are some ways to compare these two programs.

What is the difference?

The blue origin competing against virgin galactic in the commercial space travel industry is primarily because they have more experience in launching rockets than virgin galactic has.

Purpose

Blue origin is a rocket company that has the goal of reducing the cost of access for space tourism . They are developing rockets in order to provide cost-effective and safe transport for people and cargo. Meanwhile, virgin galactic is a commercial space travel company that has the goal of democratizing space. Virgin Galactic has developed a spacecraft capable of carrying six passengers on suborbital journeys into space and back.

The goals of blue origin and virgin galactic are very different, even though they both involved space tourism. One wants to cut the cost while the other is committed to democratizing it – with this types of technology for space tourism, which one's goal do you think best aligns with yours?

Altitude

 

With the increase in technology development, the commercial space travel company, Virgin Galactic’s first model, SpaceShipOne was designed to take three people for space tourism and back at a maximum altitude of 328,000 ft (100 km). & Virgin Galactic’s second model, SpaceShipTwo can carry six space tourists or two pilots on an 18-mile (30 km) suborbital journey into space and back to Earth. While this might sound impressive in comparison with Blue Origin’s human flight up 66.5 miles on Jeff Bezos' personal flight

Virgin Galactic has not gone higher than 62 miles according international standard for going into space.The Kármán line that was created by Hungarian scientist Theodore von Kármán who calculated where atmospheric drag would become too much for any aircraft or spacecraft. This means that this commercial space travel company cannot claim its achievements as being about more than just business ventures without taking risks; rather it will be showing these off when their latest model reaches complete success!

 

Vehicle Type

Blue Origin has developed several vehicles as well, including the Charon prototype, named after Pluto’s moon.

Goddard followed it which was later retired and replaced by New Shepard rocket which carried Jeff Bezos and William Shatner for their space tourism. Other vehicles in development include the New Glenn, New Armstrong (named for Neil), and The Blue Moon Lunar Lander (named for Apollo 11). Only one of these is operational: the new Shephard rocket.

In contrast, Virgin Galactic, the commercial space travel company  operates a craft called SpaceShipTwo or VSS Unity instead of having their own rockets like many other organizations do . SpaceShipTwo is a six-person spaceplane that carries people into suborbital flight and back to Earth. They are launched from WhiteKnight Two or VMS Eve mid-air. So far they have only one operational aircraft but plan to release another called SpaceShipThree.

How they make money

With the interest in technology development, Virgin Galactic being a commercial space travel company has had more success with its space tourism model, but Blue Origin is doing well because it doesn’t have to spend as much time marketing itself to the space tourist. Blue Origin is able to focus solely on its technological advancements while commercial space travel company (Virgin Galactic) is still struggling to find someone who will buy their $250,000 tickets into space. This leaves us wondering: which of these companies will be successful first?

The publicly traded company reported an operating loss of $275 million in 2020 and lost another $213 million in 2019 after generating revenues of $715 thousand last year.

Though the company has had a net loss of $130 million in its most recent quarterly results, it is not faring too poorly when compared to other companies.With privately owned Blue Origins looking for government contracts and competing with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, they have been able to receive over 2 billion dollars worth of work from NASA and the Pentagon in just 14 federal fiscal years.

 

Automation

When it comes to automation, the technology evolution comes to our mind. In this portion of technology evolution, the rocket company: Blue Origin technology is more advanced than the commercial space travel company, Virgin Galactic. Blue Origin’s vehicles are fully automated, and they can detach from the earth-launched rocket during flight after landing back on Earth with the help of parachutes. The Virgin Galactic spaceplane has no such form of automation; pilots manually operate it while flying into space and then glide it back down to Earth before landing on a runway like an ordinary airplane.

Speed

Blue Origin's new Shepard rocket reached a maximum speed of 2,234 mph and greatest altitude of 66 miles (106 km). On the other hand, new technology of commercial space travel company, Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity has reached a top speed of 2,300 mph and a maximum height of 53.5 miles above the Earth.

Fight Duration

Since Blue Origin is quite new to this game they have only managed flights up to 10 minutes in duration from launch to landing back on earth. This compares well with the commercial space travel company  Virgin Galactic who have had longer than that flight time at 15 minutes but their longest flight was still less than half as long as Blue Origins' at just about two hours in total for an average spaceflight lasting about 15-20 mins max which means more time spent on board potentially risking your own health or safety should anything go wrong during that timeframe including things like decompression sickness incurred when returning from high altitudes quickly without suitably slow descent rates .

Safety Record

Both space travel companies have suffered many accidents as they developed and tested their vehicles. Thankfully, there has never been a fatality or serious injury from the public in any of these incidents. As for Blue Origin’s crew members, there has never been anyone who identified themselves as an employee at that company who was harmed by one of their experiments.

Sadly, Virgin Galactic has had its fair share of accidents. There were two incidents in 2007 and 2014 that left many space tourist with injuries. In the first incident, three employees died during ground tests for SpaceShipTwo's engines when Scaled Composites- the company who built Virgin Galactic's spaceplane - was acquired by them. Three others were wounded in this same accident as well. The other incident occurred on a test flight in 2014; one pilot dies while another is injured but recovers later safely after landing the plane without any fatalities or major injuries to passengers aboard (unfortunately). More recently, Richard Branson's 2021 flight was dangerously went out of orbit, but recovered and landed safely!

Costs

The commercial space travel company,Virgin Galatic had previously sold tickets at $250 000 apiece but stopped after halting all flights following an unfortunate event back in 2014 where one pilot dies and another gets seriously injured during a tragic crash on their first spaceflight test run – which caused it to halt operations until more recent events.

Fortunately with the new technology’s advantages, Richard Branson has not been deterred from his mission to provide commercial access to suborbital flights into space; after completing its fully crewed flight test on July 2021 with no casualties he re-opened ticket isales for its future missions at a starting price of $450 000 per seat with plans for more tickets as demand increases. The company is also selling tickets for microgravity research and professional astronaut training, each costing $600,000.

The price of a ticket on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight in July 2021 was auctioned off at $28 million with half the proceeds going to various space organizations.

It has not yet been announced what the price of a ticket could be on future flights but it seems that actor Tom Hanks may have confirmed this amount when he said Jeff Bezos offered him a ride on New Shephard for “$28 million.”

 

Conclusion

So, which one is better?

The only way to know the answer to this question is to first know what you want. If you want a company that is privately owned, then commercial space travel company, Virgin Galactic is the company for you. If you want more information on the technology behind the company and where they are headed, then Blue Origin is the company for you. The answer depends on what you are looking for.

 

 

Source: Makeuseof.com  France.timesofnews.com

When will space tourism be affordable? You might not know the answer to this question, but Elon Musk might, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. He wants to make space accessible for everyone and has a plan to do it. It’s called "SpaceX BFR."

The idea of traveling into outer space is now within the realm of possibility for most people. And with more than 200,000 people already paying $250,000 for a ticket on Virgin Galactic Space Ship 2 in 2018 alone, we can tell that there is a growing demand for this type of tourism. But how long until we see a significant change in price? Will it be 10 years? 20 years? Or will it never happen because we are solely dependent on government funding for space exploration? Even Elon Musk himself says that he can't predict when space tourism will be affordable.

 

Space Tourism is Still a Luxury

One of the frustrating things about space tourism is that it's still a luxury.

When we think about affordability, we typically think about being able to buy something without having to save for months or years to make it happen. But with space tourism, this isn't the case. If you’re looking at high-level seats on Virgin Galactic Space Ship 2 that cost $250,000, you are still paying a hefty price tag for a one-way ticket into outer space. No matter how much Elon Musk wants to make space accessible for everyone, it won't be cheap anytime soon.

So when will space tourism be affordable? It's hard to say. We know that there is growing demand and an increasing number of people who want to take their dream vacation in outer space. It might take 10 years or 20 years, but eventually, we'll see more opportunities at lower prices than what we see now.

 

Elon Musk intends to Make Space Travel Affordable

SpaceX is one of the most valuable private companies in the world and their CEO, Elon Musk, is intended to make space travel in an affordable price. His plan is called SpaceX BFR.

SpaceX BFR is a rocket and spacecraft system capable of carrying up to 100 people between Earth Mars.

To provide affordable price and make space tourism more feasible, Musk has his sights set on building a reusable rocket for SpaceX BFR. This would drastically cut down on the price of a single launch into orbit. But despite this, it's hard to predict when space tourism will be affordable because we are solely dependent on government funding for space exploration.

 

Why Space Tourism Is Still Too Expensive?

Space tourism has yet to become widely available for the average person. For example, Virgin Galactic is one of the only companies to offer space tourism flights to the public, and a ticket costs $250,000. Furthermore, space tourism is not as accessible as other types of tourist activities because it is so expensive.

The high cost of space travel is not just a matter of ticket price; it’s also the price that goes into training and preparation for the trip that prevents many people from even considering it.

SpaceX BFR will be able to carry around 100 people at a time and should cost around $300 per ticket. Hopefully, this will make traveling into outer space more affordable for everyone in the future.

 

What is the role of SpaceX BFR?

SpaceX BFR is going to be a big part of making space tourism available with an affordable price for more people. For starters, it will reduce the cost by 44% and make getting into outer space more accessible for everyone.

SpaceX also plans to sell flights to orbit Earth and take customers all the way to the moon. In fact, SpaceX wants "to create a sustainable civilization on Mars."

These are exciting prospects that could happen in the near future with SpaceX BFR! But if you're interested in space activities that are available now, you can already buy tickets for Virgin Galactic Space Ship 2 for $200,000 and fly at 60 miles above Earth's surface.

 

When can we get a significant change in price?

It is difficult to predict when will space tourism be affordable. The cost of space tourism has been steadily declining as the desire for it has increased. It is possible that we'll see a significant change in price in the next 10-20 years. But it's also possible that we'll never see a significant change in price. Governments have been funding our space exploration for the last 50 years and they may not want to relinquish those funds.

 

What’s the cost of a space tour??

In order to answer that question, we need to look at the history of space exploration and what the current price points are for those journeys.

Yuri Gagarin, a Russian astronaut was the first man to go for space travel. He traveled into space aboard Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. That trip cost about $2 billion in today's dollars. Adjusted for inflation, that would be about $14 billion today.

In 1968, NASA launched Apollo 8 with a budget of $6 billion adjusted for inflation ($41 billion today). And in 1971 NASA launched Apollo 18 with a budget of $3 billion adjusted for inflation ($26 billion today).

So, how much does it cost to send someone into outer space? The answer is hard to pinpoint with different factors impacting the cost. But based on these two examples, we can see that it costs somewhere between $100-$200 million per person.

 

 

 

Space tourism has been a dream with a long history for mankind. The innate need of man to conquer new and unknown lands and the scientific interest for our solar system have been the main cause for the development of aerospace technology. And fairly satisfied we may say. Or not. The need to take a step further, and go beyond the scientific purposes, has led to the emerging of an new niche : that of space travel for civilians. Well, for the wealthiest of them, more accurately.

 

Nowadays a handful of companies have been investing in tourism beyond earth and are planning to take ultrawealthy non-astronauts on a galactic tour: Tesla Founder Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. 

 

Are galactic trips affordable?

 

Not in the least. For the majority of us. As expected, going to space comes with a price. And a very high one. To book a seat in one of the Virgin Galactic’s suborbital trips would cost you $250.000. Not one or two but six hundred people have already made their bookings for 90-minute flights on Branson’s SpaceShipTwo according to Reuters. Bezos’ Blue Origin, on the other hand, has not yet announced official prices but a ticket for a seat next to him and his brother on his brief space journey in July, was sold in an auction for $28 million! You found that expensive? Not so fast…Axiom and SpaceX travelers will pay the low, low price of $55 million for a flight and a stay on the International Space Station! 

Are they safe?

 

Of high risk for sure. Well, we all remember the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger back in 1986 that killed it’s crew among which was Christa McAuliffe, the first civilian and teacher set to travel to space. So, it is not an exaggeration at all to say that visiting the stars is inherently dangerous. And since Congress has agreed in 2004 to largely let the space-tourism industry self-regulate, few laws and restrictions exist so far on taking civilians (safely) into space. The government only demands from the companies to clearly inform their - beyond earth’s atmosphere - tourists, prior to their trip, that the may die up there, and then it’s up to them to make a decision if they want to take that risk or not. 

 

Does space travel come in one shape?

 

Of course not. Infinite the space, infinite the human imagination. Space Perspective, a company in the space tourism field, is planning to fly passengers to the edge of space in a high-tech version of a hot-air balloon, “the size of a football stadium,” lifted by hydrogen. Flights are planned for early 2024, with tickets priced at $125,000 per person.

Orbital Assembly Corporation, another company wishing to conquer space touring, offers a different option. To take you to a vacation away from earth in the luxury space hotel that plans to open in 2027. The hotel, named Voyager Station, looks almost like a Ferris wheel floating in orbit and features a restaurant, gym, and Earth-viewing lounges and bars. A three-and-a-half-day stay is expected to cost up to $5 million, according to the Washington Post. Are you packing yet or not?

 

Celebrities forming a queue for space touring

 

Justin Bieber, Ashton Kosher and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities which have already stated their wish to travel to space and have bought their tickets with Virgin Galactic. Tom Cruise on the other hand has come to an agreement with NASA to collaborate on making a film on the International Space Station. A galactic mission impossible maybe?

Is there hope for the average person?

 

Hopefully yes, but it will take a long way to get there. The cost is, above all, the most significant barrier. It all boils down to the high costs of the space technology. However, back in the old days, air travel used to be, prohibitively expensive as well. A simple ticket across the country could sum up to the cost of a new car. With the rise of the competition and the development of the aerospace technology similar price reductions are expected in the future. We cannot do many things besides hoping and waiting. And maybe singing : Fly me to the space and let me play among the stars…

Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, becoming the first Japanese civilian to remain on the space station.

At 2:38 a.m ET, they took off on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan. Docking with the space station approximately six hours later at 8: 40 a.m. ET. Maezawa's crewmates consist of Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and Japanese traveler Yozo Hirano, who is Maezawa's producer and supervisor.

 

What were Maezawa’s feelings during the space tour?

Maezawa expressed his joy and wonder when he arrived at the station. "There really is space," he said communicating with Earth shortly after entering the International Space Station.

He had completed about 100 days of training and passed the final exam required to reach the ISS in November.

This billionaire businessman, Yasuku Maezawa will be the tenth civilian to remain in the ISS and is the first Japanese to carry out a business spaceflight in 31 years, after Tokyo Broadcasting system television Inc. reporter Toyohiro Akiyama in 1990. 

The space travel industry is growing, led by U.S. companies, with more civilians taking off than astronauts this year. Maezawa said his space travel expenses would amount to about 10 billion yen ($88 million).

 

Maezawa got influenced after his space travel

In 2018, Mr. Maezawa announced that he had purchased a vehicle which is building to take people to the Moon and Mars one day on SpaceX's upcoming Starship rocket.AFor this mission, called Dear Moon, Maezawa plans to take up to eight people with him on the journey. He originally hoped to bring all the artists with him, but in March he launched a contest to allow anyone from all over the world to apply to fly with him, to give the opportunity to visit as many talented human beings as possible. Maezawa also announced plans in 2020 to film a reality dating show to find a female friend to enter space with him, but in the end, this idea turned into abandonment.

Under a contract with the American space travel company, Space Adventures Inc. Maezawa headed to the International Space Station with his manager Yozo Hirano, 36, and Russian astronaut Alexander Misurkin. Maezawa and Hirano are the first Japanese citizens to fly into space since television journalist Toyohiro Akiyama spent nearly eight days on the former Russian space station Mir in 1990.

Misurkin, who's forty-four years old, is on his third spaceflight, having formerly served at the crews of space station expedition 35/36 and expedition 53/54... BMisurkin had already logged 334 days in space before taking off on Soyuz MS-20. He will guide Maezawa and Hirano all through the mission and will become the first space correspondent for the Russian news agency TASS under an agreement with Roscosmos, Misurkin will set up a TASS news office on the station and post daily reports on crew activities.

With the help of space Adventures, Maezawa has been training within the star city in Russia to prepare for his flight. Maezawa, the adventure-loving soul has further plans of filming his stay at the ISS with Hirano's help and posting videos of his adventures on his YouTube channel. Maezawa is so excited that he in addition made a list of 100 activities in space, according to Space Adventures. One of the things he hopes to do on his list is to play badminton with Misurkin and fly paper planes and play badminton with an astronaut, do a TikTok dance, and bring air back from the International Space Station. The entrepreneur had asked people to come up with ideas about what to do.

 

This Japanese businessman is also interested to take part in Russian medical experiments

In addition to filming Maezawa, Hirano will also participate in human health and performance research on behalf of the Translational Research Institute for Spatial Health (TRISH) at Baylor Medical School. Studies will include collecting electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, participating in a series of cognitive tests, and using a portable self-retracting device to collect visual data.

Before taking off Maezawa stated that as he prepares for the launch, he's excited to share each aspect of his adventure with all of us on this planet,

Maezawa stated his goal is to apply the trip as a springboard for his planned orbit of the Moon with the American company SpaceX in 2023, in what is going to be the first ride of its kind organized by a private company.

He said that he wanted to see this trip as an opportunity to prepare to be the best possible host while, together with eight talented team members from around the world, he embarked on the first civilian mission across the Moon in 2023.

This trip to the international space station is clearly a much quicker way for Maezawa to get his space fixed while he waits for the other one.

 

Sources: Space.com  Washingtonpost.com  Theverge.com

The contest was organized in collaboration with funding platform Omaze and space for

Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a more inclusive future for the space.

After Branson and five other group participants completed the agency's first fully crewed flight test in July, the sweepstakes started. The competition acquired donations from 164,338 people from all the world over for eight weeks.

Announced in July, the sweepstakes noticed the company provide normal humans a chance to earn tickets to the edge of space On Wednesday, Virgin Galactic introduced its first sweepstakes winner that the space tourism agency is sending to space. The winner, Keisha S. (her last name is being withheld by the organization), is a fitness coach from Antigua and Barbuda. She is the first person to visit space from the Caribbean islands and wants to take her daughter, who is studying astrophysics, to the spaceship as a guest.

 

Guess Who Got Surprised?

Keisha is 44 years old woman, her birthplace is Antigua and she’s also raised in Antigua. She is a fitness and life coach and former flight attendant. She stated she has dreamt of going to space since she became a little girl and is hoping to cross the very last frontier along with her 17-yr-old, a science student living in Britain who goal of sooner or later working for NASA.

She told AFP that she simply thought she was doing an interview but after seeing Richard Branson walking in, she got surprised & started screaming as she couldn't believe it.

As per her statement she was actually interested in space when she was little. So this is a great opportunity for her to feel alive and experience the greatest adventure of all time.

Shahaf won the prize after raising $170 million after participating in a raffle hosted by Virgin Galactic on the Omaze platform.

The money will be donated to space for Humanity, a non-governmental organization that aims to expand access to space.

The amount he gave was not published, but the entry began with a minimum contribution of 1 to 10.

 

First Sweepstakes Winner: Keisha Shahaf

Schaff is a health and energy coach who works with women, decided to take a chance, especially after seeing the announcement of the Virgin Atlantic flight, just filled out the application form. She didn’t think that she will really had the answer, she also want to be an inspiring personality for others to live out their dreams.

The record drew about 165,000 members in 8 weeks, Virgin Galactic said in a statement.

On May 11, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, Matt Pohlson, CEO and co-founder of Omaze, and Rachel Lyons, executive director of space For Humanity, announced at her home in Antigua that Keisha had won the competition and fulfilled her dream of visiting space.

Lyons said Meeting Keisha and sharing this news with her was his experience that he will cherish for the rest of his life.He added more that her passion for visiting human space and her transformative capacity are a wonderful testament to His mission at space For Humanity. They are very excited to support her training as she prepares for this adventure as they know that Keisha is now part of their community.

 

Citizen Astronaut Program

The perspective and experience astronauts have received by viewing Earth from space has formed a society in extremely good ways. Space for Humanity's work leverages the transformational energy of the overview effect to enact tremendous change back in the world. The Citizen Astronaut Program is designed to optimize citizen astronauts physically and psychologically to experience the impact of overview, likely getting them ready to navigate cognitive changes and implement the knowledge acquired in their leadership roles and their personal lives on Earth.

Graduates may be welcomed into the space for the Humanity Overview Cohort community for continuous support, responsibility, and inspiration.

Even as the sweepstakes were free to enter, you can additionally donate to space for Humanity, a charity committed to creating spaceflight more handy, to earn extra entries. Virgin Galactic estimates that it has raised about $ 170 million in its bid for the company's Citizen Astronaut program.

As the organization said when the sweepstakes was announced, this is how Virgin Galactic got the enthusiasm for their space tourism efforts. At the same time, it was like a time for non-public spaceflight. The concept of winning a ticket to space was not something a person could dream of when a government-funded company was the only one flying into space.

 

 Sierra's space products and packages are working in the direction of a greater accessible space economic system. It is a leading business space organization with 1,100 employees, more than 500 missions and greater than 30 years of space flight history, which nowadays introduced a series A number one capital investment of $1.4 billion, the organization's first capital raising and the world's 2nd-largest non-public capital raising inside the aerospace and defense sector.

The company, now worth 4.5 billion, is building a reusable orbital space plane known as the Dream Chaser.

Growth capital speeds up the realization of Sierra space's vision of allowing humanity to build civilizations in space whilst enhancing existence on earth

 

Growth capital speeds up the realization of Sierra space's vision of allowing humanity to build civilizations in space whilst enhancing existence on earth

Sierra space targets to build the future of space shipping, business space destinations and infrastructure, and allowing technology so that it will assist construct a colorful and developing industrial space economy. As LEO's economic system reaches an important tipping point, pushed by using the convergence of increasing space commercialization, renewed public interest and defense concerns, Sierra space is growing a simple infrastructure to aid this growing ecosystem. By way of opening up low-cost access to space, Sierra space hopes to allow current businesses, marketers, researchers and governments to create interesting breakthroughs that could allow humanity to initiate new civilizations in space and experience life in the world.

The round is led via general Atlantic, Coatue and Moore Strategic Ventures, with the participation of finances and bills controlled via BlackRock non-public equity partners, AE industrial partners and several strategic family offices. The investment will boost up the improvement of the corporation's revolutionary Dream Chaser space plane, the world's only business orbital space plane.

The Dream Chaser is designed to be a reusable space plane that can very easily re-enter at 1.5 G and simply land on a business runway anywhere in the world. It is in advanced development under a multi-million dollar NASA agreement to carry out refueling missions to the global space station and has 3 versions that leverage flexible design and performance versatility to satisfy space cargo, crew or countrywide security needs within the domestic and international business, civilian and defense customer segments.

Sierra space builds first business platform in space; investments boost up the development of company's revolutionary Dream Chaser space plane and business lifestyles expandable space station

Sierra space builds first business platform in space; investments boost up the development of company's revolutionary Dream Chaser space plane and business lifestyles expandable space station

This funding may also help the development of Habitat life™ (large integrated flexible environment), a three-story modular platform for industrial, industrial and scientific housing. The essential components of a visionary new commercial space station ‘Orbital Reef’, which Sierra space is developing in partnership with Blue origin are actually Dream Chaser and life Habitat.

The Sierra space CEO, Tom Vice said that they are constructing the next era of space transportation systems and space infrastructure and destinations to enable humanity to build and maintain prosperous civilizations outside the Earth too (space). Simply as essential, Sierra space is building the next platform for organizations. the space gives a completely unique environment in order to permit new advances in vital areas consisting of pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, optical fibers and energy with a view to directly enhance our lifestyles on this planet.

Bill Ford, president and CEO of general Atlantic, said that general Atlantic and its co-investors are proud to assist Sierra space in its vision to outline the future of the industrial space economy. The organization has leveraged advanced technology and a lifestyle of innovation to expand products that have the transformative capability and position Sierra space as a rising leader in the new space age.  They sit up for offering an active partnership to Sierra space and its management group to boost up its growth and expand its global effect.

Fatih Ozmen, chairman of the board of directors of Sierra space and CEO of the founding Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), said they have worked hard for years to expand Sierra's space business from its inception in 2008 to today, where it has grown considerably to occupy a completely unique strategic role within the swiftly increasing business space sector. Sierra space now has the right scale and, thanks to its advanced technology and turnkey abilities, is about to noticeably boost up its growth. He and Eren are thrilled to welcome this well-established and knowledgeable group of investors as a new partner at this turning point inside the Sierra space. Together, they have a game-changing strategy and resources that allow the organization to lead the new space race and take gain the developing market of the new space economic system. 

 

Cameron Bess, one of the passengers aboard the latest Blue flight and the son of Lane Bess, a venture capitalist, and technology executive, is making records in numerous ways.

He is the first pansexual individual to go into space, alongside their father, Michael Strahan, cohost of Good Morning America, Dylan Taylor, CEO of Voyager space, Evan Dick, investment banker, and Laura Shepard Churchley, Alan Shepard’s daughter, the first American to enter space in 1961. But possibly the most top-notch is the one that Bess appears to point out is that He is going to be the first furry to go into space.

 

Who are Furries?

Furries are a set of individuals who are interested in anthropomorphic animals, often indulging in this via creative representations and disguising themselves as those animals in actual lifestyles. Despite the fact that the community is regularly related to a sexual interest in those animals, not all furry are identified in this manner.

And even as furries have a tendency to be related to the net, the roots of the community move back at the least to the 1980s, yet in all these years, none have gone into space, as far as no one knows.

 

Cameron Bess looks like he is gonna change that. When you use your ticket aboard Jeff Bezos ' private spaceflight, seemingly purchased by his father, Lane Bess, one of the three businessmen who paid for the high-priced tickets for the ride, you'll cross a barrier that many humans would never have thought of.

 

Bess’s Flight Schedule

Space.com the shuttle reportedly took off just earlier than 10: 01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 11 from centers near Van Horn, Texas. T The flight reached 351,225 ft from the Earth's surface, and the team safely returned to the capsule 10 mins after takeoff.

 

The release was initially scheduled for Wednesday however moved to December 11 because of climate.

 

First Furry in Space

Bess, who's additionally furry and known for wearing fursuits at the video streaming app Twitch, pledged in advance this week to bring a pansexual pride flag and a paw of his complete cat outfit, which He could not wear in complete during the mission. In this regard, He documented the mission readiness process and some of the troubles related to being the first furry in space. This includes restrictions on wearing fur overalls or animal apparel during launch and preparations.

According to his tweet, he wasn’t allowed to wear a fursuit on the training ground. He said he’ll take it with him to the astronaut village to click a few photos with it.

 

And as he said it is obviously likely the best issue due to the fact he shouldn't want to be a weird guy on television with a fursuit head without being able to manipulate the narrative a little better.

Recently he has been writing the preparation procedure for the Saturday scheduled flight.

 

Bess's entry on the Blue origin website does not mention his hobby of being a furry. 

In a follow-up post, Bess explained that the trouble was that the suit was flammable and therefore could pose a danger to the ship.

Bess also suggested that they may not be the first to enter space and that different unknowns may have long passed before. Because of this, they do no longer explicitly claim the title, he said.

 

Dispute for Cameron Bess’s title “Astronaut”

As with different private space voyages, Bess's adventure was not well received by all. Whilst Blue origin first posted about the passengers, Bess shared the message once more and obtained about four hundred responses, lots of which criticized the trip and a big amount of cash its price.

Bess was also criticized by many fans for being referred to as an "astronaut". This word has caused many disputes about whether or not passengers on automated flights need to use it on their own.

It was in reaction to such grievance that Bess published a long thread on Twitter on Thursday. They argued that astronaut is a "legitimate title" and that the objections have been unfair.

In addition, He regarded to respond to complaints that trips aboard Blue origin have been largely costly but unnecessary pleasure journeys in space.

In a series of tweets, He also advised that they were legally prohibited from commenting further on Jeff Bezos or his goals in setting up the private space agency.

He wrote that through assisting Blue, He is helping them lower the price of sending scientific payloads and rockets into space. He said, he’s not a hero, however, it's a lot greater than “millionaires doing a spacewalk”.

 

Sources: Independent.co.uk  Space.com

In this article we will uncover interesting news, the former New York Giants player and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan will travel into space aboard Jeff Bezos' 'New Shepard' rocket on December 11th.

The listing of achievements of former NFL megastar Michael Strahan is lengthy he's a first-rate Bowl champion, a seven-time Pro Bowler, he owns the single-season NFL record for sacks and obviously become the defensive player of the year. Recently inducted into the NY Giants Ring of Honor, the former player became tv personality has done loads in his existence. Now 50 years old, Strahan appears to have his attractions set on another target that's that of space. He decided to enroll in Laura Shepard Churchley, astronaut Alan Shepard’s eldest daughter, at the 9 December mission aboard the new Shepard, a spacecraft named after her father and the first American in space. The Blue origin flight, the organization headed with the aid of Jeff Bezos, it'll bring the four paying customers and could be the 1/3 with the aid of the new Shepard craft this yr to travel human beings to space.

 

Strahan is up for the space adventure

Strahan, who's now a co-host of Good Morning America, made the declaration on Tuesday's show that he could be joining 5 different passengers on Blue origin's next flight off-planet. The flight itself takes approximately eleven minutes from launch to landing. Speaking on how the idea happened Strahan become all too happy to share. 

The Blue Origin approached him, asked him if he wanted to be a member of the crew, and without any hesitation, he agreed because he wanted to visit the space too. He then said that he figured he need to be there in the first release, and so it will surely be awesome.

 

Strahan also stated that he hopes the trip will help boost the future of space tourism. He stated that he considers that this is the way of being revolutionary, innovative, pioneers in aviation, now space tour. And it'll take some time but he trusts that it'll convey numerous technological breakthroughs and additional improvements to the people here on earth, so he just wanted to be part of it.

To commemorate this occasion, the Michael Strahan brand collaborated with Blue origin to create a limited version of the hoodie. The sweatshirt is presently bought out on Blue origin's internet site.

He said it doesn't matter if it's his New York Giants sweater, a concert t-shirt, or your wedding suit, what we wear is something that describes life's great moments. Now not only does the clothing make you feel appropriate inside the second, it ties to memories that live on.

 

Preparation for the trip

In keeping with Strahan, he trained with Kevin Sproge - group Member 7 - and the chief trainer. In response to his first time within the capsule, he referred to the huge distinction between getting ready for a voyage to the stars and the years really worth of training camps that preceded every season with the Giants. Initially scheduled for December 9th, it's far understood that Blue origin is now focused on a launch date of December 11th, depending on technical factors as well as climate. Meanwhile, Strahan is participating in his stay at the astronaut village while waiting for his spacesuit to be fitted.

The crew individuals will spend about three minutes in microgravity, which according to NASA is "the circumstance in which human beings or gadgets seem like weightless." curiously Strahan covered the heavily publicized inaugural flight of Blue origin on July 20th when they released Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark, together with Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Olviver Daemen into suborbital space.

 

How Strahan felt after his space tour?

Regarding the experience, Strahan stated it 'enamored' him. There are genuinely a few other humans at the flight, including the daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, Laura Shepard Churchley. She like Strahan is an honorary guest. The space industry philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, and the first parent and child pair Lane Bess and Cameron Bess are also paying for their seat so they can also be at the flight to get along with Strahan and Laura. At the same time as Blue starting place has not disclosed the charge for a seat on their flights, competitor Virgin Galactic is thought to have seats listed at $450,000.

 

This experience may be a milestone, as this flight of Blue Origin will be the first one to bring a complete manifesto of 6 astronauts into space. Moreover, Strahan will become the first American news anchor to depart Earth to enter space, and Lane and Cameron Bess will become the first parent-child duo to fly in space together. The release is about 9:45 a.m. ET. from Blue origin's launch website One.

 

Sources: Barrons.com  Marca.com  Theguardian.com

 

According to the firm, there are currently 700 people waiting to fly.

Virgin Galactic, a space tourism business, claims that after reopening ticket sales in August, 100 passengers purchased more expensive tickets to fly on the company's suborbital spaceplane. That implies the business has roughly 700 ticket holders for short space tourism flights, which is about 300 less than the 1,000 seats Virgin Galactic intends to sell before its ships begin commercial flights. The revelation was revealed during the company's third-quarter results report, which was released on Monday.

 

Customers Interest Towards Space Tourism 

Customers have shown considerable interest in Virgin Galactic's suborbital vehicles, according to business management, although they may have to wait a long time to fly. After reopening ticket sales in August, the corporation sold around 100 tickets for $450,000 apiece, according to its fiscal third-quarter financial results issued Nov. 8. Customers who have booked suborbital flights now number around 700. The new customers each paid a deposit of $150,000, with $25,000 of that being non-refundable.

The new clients came from a group that had already signed up to be first in line when ticket sales began, paying a $1,000 deposit to do so, according to Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier during an earnings call. More than 60,000 people contacted the business to express interest in purchasing tickets after the company's July trip to space with company owner Richard Branson on board. He explained that the initial sales were just a test of the procedure that the company will employ for future ticket sales, which included "fairly lengthy" one-on-one calls with potential consumers. The percentage of sales calls that result in confirmed space travel reservations, according to the company insights.

 

The CEO’s Intake on Customer’s Interest

When Virgin Galactic begins commercial service, the company hopes to have 1,000 customers. "We are quite hopeful and optimistic" about achieving that objective, the CEO added, with the initial round of sales efforts winding up by the end of the year and the wider audience of people who indicated interest after July's mission reaching out in the first quarter of 2022. Customers will, however, have to wait a while before traveling. Virgin Galactic reported on 14th October 2021 that the VSS Unity “SpaceShipTwo” vehicle and “VMS Eve”, the “WhiteKnightTwo” plane that carries SpaceShipTwo, had begun an extended maintenance period.

Richard Branson, the creator of Virgin Galactic, recently flew aboard VSS Unity, flying overhead at Spaceport America in New Mexico, to showcase the company's space tourism experience. In the company's financial report, Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier stated that they are approaching their fleet improvement period with a clear path for strengthening the longevity, dependability, and predictability of their spacecraft in readiness for commercial operation next year. “The demand for space flight is huge,” Colglazier remarked, “and we've been selling tickets ahead of schedule” he further added. This indicates the huge demand for our goods and the value of the one-of-a-kind experience we provide, he further added.

 

The Reopening Of Tickets By Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic resumed ticket sales barely a month after its founder, Richard Branson safely flew to the verge of space and back in July onboard the company's flagship space plane (VSS Unity). Branson flew to a height of more than 53 miles with two test pilots and three other passengers from Spaceport America in New Mexico before returning. The mission was a key moment, having been pushed through nine days before rival Blue Origin's creator, Jeff Bezos, went to the frontier of space and back. And it appeared to be a huge success at the time.

However, a September article in the New Yorker reported that when Branson's flight came back to earth, it had departed from its approved flight path. The FAA temporarily stopped Virgin Galactic while it investigated the incident, however, the problem was eventually fixed and the firm was authorized to operate again in mid-September.

 

Some Insights About Virgin Galactic 

Virgin Galactic recorded a 53 million dollars loss in free cash flow for the quarter, with 2.5 million dollars spent on sponsorship revenue, tied to the July trip and government payload services deals. Hence, to upgrade work on VMS Eve and VMS Unity, along with Delta Class and new mothership work, the business expects a deficit cash flow of $80 - 95 million in the 4rth quarter.

 

Sources: Spacenews.com  Theverge.com  Digitaltrends.com

 

 

On Nov. 10, SpaceX successfully deployed 4 NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). They'll arrive at the station on Thursday evening. The mission, codenamed Crew-3, will be SpaceX's fourth crewed spacecraft and will transport NASA astronauts named "Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Matthias Maurer from European Space Agency " to ISS for a six-month mission. It’s the company's 5th time sending people to space. The astronauts will spend the following day in orbit, orbiting the Earth in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, before they land with ISS.

After a series of delays, the crew departed at 9:03 p.m. ET from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets. After successfully launching the Crew Dragon into low Earth orbit, the Falcon 9 returned to Earth and landed on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic, which is one of the company's iconic rocket landings. As part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, this is SpaceX's third operational crewed flight. Each trip, including Crew-3, is expected to last 6 months, with SpaceX responsible for both launching and returning the crew. The Crew-3 astronauts are expected to return to Earth in the spring of 2022.

 

The Crew Dragon by SpaceX

The Crew Dragon, an automated capsule with elegant seats and interactive touchscreens, is SpaceX's primary means of bringing people into orbit. The capsule is also built to dock with the space station autonomously, without any need for input from the people on board. On November 11th, at 7:10 p.m. ET, the Crew Dragon carrying the Crew-3 crew attempted to dock with the ISS, after which the astronauts opened the door and joined the station about an hour later. They were accompanied by NASA’s astronaut “Mark Vande Hei” and Russian cosmonauts “Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov”, who are currently residing on the ISS. Around 9:20 p.m. ET, the seven people performed a brief welcome ceremony within the station (Barron is the 601st person to go to space, whereas Maurer is the 600th).

However, the Crew-3 group narrowly avoided colliding with another group of astronauts on the space station. On Monday, a crew of 4 astronauts from SpaceX's Crew-2 mission descended from the International Space Station, flying down to Earth in their own Crew Dragon and crashing down in the Gulf of Mexico. Crew-3 was scheduled to launch before the Crew-2 astronauts return, but the launch was repeatedly postponed. NASA, therefore, decided to return Crew-2 members ahead of Crew-3.

"Sometimes when you attempt to fly on Halloween, you get a trick rather than a treat," Chari said to SpaceX mission control before the launch, talking about the fact that their mission was scheduled for October 31st. Instead, flying on Veteran's Day was an honor, according to Chari. The return of Crew-2 took place on Monday, Nov 8th, and the astronauts landed safely. On the way down to the ocean, one of the capsule's four primary parachutes opened a bit slower than the others. Even though the capsule safely landed the crew, neither NASA nor SpaceX believed it was necessary to postpone today's flight.

Furthermore, NASA stated that the time between crash landing and takeoff was the shortest in space flight history to carry humans into space.

 

There Were Some Issues during the Mission

The Crew-3 launch comes after another set of four astronauts returned from the International Space Station on Monday, completing the Crew-2 mission. Both missions took place as SpaceX and NASA attempted to resolve difficulties with the toilet design onboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship. During their nine-hour return journey from ISS on Monday, the Crew-2 astronauts were without a toilet choice due to the issue.

The problem with the capsule used for launching the Crew-3 mission on Wednesday has been resolved, according to NASA and SpaceX.

Nasa’s Intake on This

Before today's launch, NASA had to do a tiny movement with the International Space Station to ensure it was not damaged by space debris. The engines on a docked Russian Progress module started up at 3:30 p.m. ET, lifting the space station significantly higher and out of the way of debris from an ancient Chinese satellite known as Fengyun-1C. The boost made it possible for the Crew-3 team to safely arrive at the space station.

 

Sources: Theverge.com  Edition.cnn.com  Youtube.com  Space.com  Youtube.com

 

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