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‘Business park’ in outer space? Here's what Jeff Bezos is planning next

According to plans unveiled by Blue Origin, the ‘Orbital Reef’ space station will operate as a “mixed-use business park” in the frontiers of the cosmos. It will ideally provide the infrastructure needed to scale up economic activity and open new markets in space.
This artist's illustration, courtesy of Blue Origin, obtained October 25, 2021, shows the core module of Orbital Reef. (AFP)
This artist's illustration, courtesy of Blue Origin, obtained October 25, 2021, shows the core module of Orbital Reef. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 26, 2021 07:55 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

William Shatner responds to Prince William’s criticism on space race

“I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets the message, this is a baby step into the idea of getting industry up there,” William Shatner said.
Star Trek actor William Shatner experiences weightlessness with three other passengers during the apogee of the Blue Origin New Shepard mission NS-18 suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas, U.S. in a still image from video October 13, 2021. Blue Origin/Handout via REUTERS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(via REUTERS)
Star Trek actor William Shatner experiences weightlessness with three other passengers during the apogee of the Blue Origin New Shepard mission NS-18 suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas, U.S. in a still image from video October 13, 2021. Blue Origin/Handout via REUTERS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(via REUTERS)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 10:44 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Star Trek actor William Shatner becomes world's oldest space traveler at 90

Shatner was one of four passengers to journey to the edge of space aboard the white fully autonomous 60-foot-tall (18.3 meters-tall) New Shepard spacecraft, which took off from Blue Origin's launch site about 20 miles (32 km) outside the rural west Texas town of Van Horn.
Blue Origin's rocket New Shepard blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, on the company's second suborbital tourism flight as part of a four-person crew near Van Horn, Texas, U.S.(Reuters)
Blue Origin's rocket New Shepard blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, on the company's second suborbital tourism flight as part of a four-person crew near Van Horn, Texas, U.S.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 09:05 PM IST
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Over 20 employees accuse Blue Origin of 'sexist, toxic' culture; company denies

  • The allegations were outlined in a blog post that has signatures from 21 employees including Alexandra Abrams, the company's former head of employee communications.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.(AP)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.(AP)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 09:07 PM IST
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US bans Virgin Galactic spaceflights while probing mishap on Branson's trip

The FAA said the rocketship carrying Branson and five Virgin Galactic employees veered off course during its descent back to its runway in the New Mexico desert on July 11. The deviation put the ship outside the air traffic control clearance area.
Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity, carrying billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and his crew, during its ascent this July to the edge of space above Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity, carrying billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and his crew, during its ascent this July to the edge of space above Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. (Joe Skipper / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 03, 2021 06:40 AM IST
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Blue Origin launches artwork by Ghana artist, Amoako Boafo, into space

  • The paintings by Ghana artist Amoako Boafo were on three parachute panels on the outside of the capsule at the very top. Boafo painted a self-portrait as well as portraits of his mother and a friend’s mother, explaining “a mother's love comes from a place that is out of this world"
Blue Origin launches artwork by Ghana artist, Amoako Boafo, into space(HT_PRINT)
Blue Origin launches artwork by Ghana artist, Amoako Boafo, into space(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 27, 2021 04:12 PM IST
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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin blasts off fourth flight for New Shepard programme

  • The NS-17 that completed the space mission on Thursday didn’t carry any people, but the capsule contained as many as 18 commercial payloads – 11 of which are NASA-sponsored.
Blue Origin blasted off its New Shepard (NS-17) cargo mission into space for a 10-minute 15-second ride. (Screengrab from Blue Origin website)
Blue Origin blasted off its New Shepard (NS-17) cargo mission into space for a 10-minute 15-second ride. (Screengrab from Blue Origin website)
Published on Aug 26, 2021 10:33 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Blue Origin to launch New Shepard spacecraft today

  • The New Shepard spacecraft had flown Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, Wally Funk, and a fourth passenger to space in July. Till date, the spacecraft has flown more than 100 payloads to space across 11 flights.
New Shepard is a 60-foot-tall and fully autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo that cannot be piloted from inside the spacecraft (AFP)
New Shepard is a 60-foot-tall and fully autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo that cannot be piloted from inside the spacecraft (AFP)
Updated on Aug 26, 2021 06:42 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Jeff Bezos and crew toss Skittles at one another on Blue Origin space flight

“This is how it starts,” Jeff Bezos wrote while sharing the video on Instagram.
The image shows Jeff Bezos tossing Skittles to a crew member while aboard Blue Origin space flight.(Instagram/@jeffbezos)
The image shows Jeff Bezos tossing Skittles to a crew member while aboard Blue Origin space flight.(Instagram/@jeffbezos)
Published on Jul 22, 2021 07:12 PM IST
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Jeff Bezos, other Blue Origin spacecraft crew perform somersaults in space

  • Blue Origin's New Shepard crew members experienced near-zero gravity outside the Earth’s atmosphere after they travelled above the Kármán Line, the internationally-recognised boundary of space.
The first human spaceflight from Blue Origin safely touched down after about 10 minutes of flight.(Jeff Bezos / Instagram)
The first human spaceflight from Blue Origin safely touched down after about 10 minutes of flight.(Jeff Bezos / Instagram)
Published on Jul 20, 2021 11:04 PM IST
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Jeff Bezos back on earth after 10-min flight to space on Blue Origin spacecraft

  • The founder of Blue Origin was accompanied by brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and 18-year-old passenger Oliver Daemen.
New Shepard flight safely touched down after approximately 11 minutes from launch.(Blue Origin)
New Shepard flight safely touched down after approximately 11 minutes from launch.(Blue Origin)
Published on Jul 20, 2021 07:00 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Jeff Bezos to ride own rocket on his Space travel company's 1st flight

Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and Amazon on Tuesday will become the second billionaire to ride his own rocket.
In this photo provided by Blue Origin, from left to right: Mark Bezos, brother of Jeff Bezos; Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin; Oliver Daemen, of the Netherlands; and Wally Funk, aviation pioneer from Texas. (AP)
In this photo provided by Blue Origin, from left to right: Mark Bezos, brother of Jeff Bezos; Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin; Oliver Daemen, of the Netherlands; and Wally Funk, aviation pioneer from Texas. (AP)
Updated on Jul 20, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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AP | | Posted by Shanza Khan, Van Horn, Texas

'Excited, curious': Jeff Bezos ahead of space trip aboard New Shepard

Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos will be joined in the all-civilian crew by 82-year-old pioneering woman aviator Wally Funk and teenager Oliver Daemen, a recent high school graduate.
Jeff Bezos, who will fly off to space nine days after Richard Branson was aboard his company Virgin Galactic's rocket plane, said
Jeff Bezos, who will fly off to space nine days after Richard Branson was aboard his company Virgin Galactic's rocket plane, said "this isn't a competition." (Reuters Photo)
Published on Jul 20, 2021 05:43 AM IST
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Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Blue Origin all set to soar into space on Tuesday, Bezos asks crew to 'relax'

The Blue Origin mission is yet another step by a billionaire to open the space frontier for tourists. Though the commercial operations are scheduled to begin from next year, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson want to be the leaders in the field.
Jeff Bezos and others inspect Crew Capsule of Blue Origin in this file photo.(AP)
Jeff Bezos and others inspect Crew Capsule of Blue Origin in this file photo.(AP)
Published on Jul 19, 2021 06:21 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Maharashtra-born Sanjal Gavande behind Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space rocket

Sanjal Gavande, the daughter of a municipal corporation employee and a retired MTNL official, opted for aerospace as a subject in her master's and cleared it with a first-class.
Sanjal Gavande applied for a space engineering job at Nasa but was not selected over citizenship issues. (Facebook/Its all about Kalyan)
Sanjal Gavande applied for a space engineering job at Nasa but was not selected over citizenship issues. (Facebook/Its all about Kalyan)
Published on Jul 18, 2021 06:56 AM IST
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18-year-old to join Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin's 1st human spaceflight

  • Blue Origin had auctioned a spaceship berth for a whopping $28 million but the winner, presumably an ultra-wealthy space aficionado, has chosen to fly on a future New Shepard flight “due to scheduling conflicts.”
Blue Origin has picked Oliver Daemen, who is about to become the youngest person in space, to fly along with Jeff Bezos.(Blue Origin)
Blue Origin has picked Oliver Daemen, who is about to become the youngest person in space, to fly along with Jeff Bezos.(Blue Origin)
Published on Jul 15, 2021 11:10 PM IST
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Jeff Bezos spaceflight: US approves Blue Origin license ahead of crewed voyage

Blue Origin's flight will come a little over a week after space-tourism rival Virgin Galactic successfully sent a crew including its founder, British billionaire Richard Branson, to the edge of space.
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. (REUTERS)
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 13, 2021 11:40 AM IST
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Thousands sign petition to stop Bezos from returning to Earth after space trip

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos along with his brother, Mark, and another person, presumably an ultra-wealthy space aficionado who won the bid for the third berth on the spaceship for a whopping $28million, will fly to space on July 20.
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos in the New Shepard rocket booster at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado, US.(Reuters)
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos in the New Shepard rocket booster at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado, US.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 22, 2021 07:17 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Blue Origin to hold live auction today for July trip to space with Jeff Bezos

  • The first two berths of Blue Origin's New Shepard, a reusable rocket, has been reserved for company's owner Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark.
Jeff Bezos, in an Instagram post, announced that he will travel to space along with his brother, a dream he had since was five years old.(Reuters, Blue Origin)
Jeff Bezos, in an Instagram post, announced that he will travel to space along with his brother, a dream he had since was five years old.(Reuters, Blue Origin)
Published on Jun 12, 2021 05:57 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos collide after SpaceX wins NASA moon landing contract

  • The two richest men in the world have been sparring in a tightly fought global space race, vying for contracts from government agencies and businesses.
Elon Musk's SpaceX bid alone while Amazon.com founder Bezos' Blue Origin partnered with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and Draper. (AP Photo/Britta Pedersen, Pool, File)(AP)
Elon Musk's SpaceX bid alone while Amazon.com founder Bezos' Blue Origin partnered with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and Draper. (AP Photo/Britta Pedersen, Pool, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 27, 2021 05:04 PM IST
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Jeff Bezos will seek to shift space venture Blue Origin into hyperdrive

The 57-year-old Jeff Bezos told Amazon employees he would "stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives" but also devote time to Blue Origin and various philanthropic and media "passions."
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.(REUTERS)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 08, 2021 06:00 PM IST
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Jeff Bezos says Blue Origin will take the first woman to moon’s surface

The BE-7 engine, which Blue Origin has been developing for years, has tallied 1,245 seconds of test-fire time and will power the company’s National Team Human Landing System lunar lander.
Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos at the launch of space company Blue Origin's space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon during an unveiling event in Washington, US on May 9, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos at the launch of space company Blue Origin's space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon during an unveiling event in Washington, US on May 9, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2020 08:56 AM IST
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An out of this world experience: Space hotels race to offer tourists a room in the sky

Some day soon you might be able to board a rocket and get a room with a view - of the whole planet - from a hotel in space.
Space hotels race to offer tourists a room in the sky.(Unsplash)
Space hotels race to offer tourists a room in the sky.(Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 10:04 AM IST
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Good luck, says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos before India’s moon landing

Bezos’s Blue Origin, which aims to help people set up colonies on Moon and other planets, is preparing two rockets - New Shepard and New Glenn - for space tourism purposes.
Jeff Bezos on Saturday wished India good luck as the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) got ready for the landing of India’s moon lander Vikram at the South Pole of the lunar surface. pic by hemant Mishra/mint.
Jeff Bezos on Saturday wished India good luck as the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) got ready for the landing of India’s moon lander Vikram at the South Pole of the lunar surface. pic by hemant Mishra/mint.
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 03:21 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service

Moon’s ice water as rocket fuel, Jeff Bezos explains how

“We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants,” Bezos said.
Earlier in May, Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called ‘Blue Moon’ along with a smaller rover and spoke about his plans of getting to the Moon by 2024.(REUTERS)
Earlier in May, Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called ‘Blue Moon’ along with a smaller rover and spoke about his plans of getting to the Moon by 2024.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 20, 2019 02:52 PM IST
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Hop onto a ride to space for $200,000 onwards, courtesy Jeff Bezos’s rocket company

Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard space vehicle is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 100 km above Earth, high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet.
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, in April 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, in April 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2018 11:30 AM IST
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Reuters, Seattle | By Eric M Johnson

First luxury hotel in space to open in 2022; one night stay costs $792,000

US-based Orion Span Inc is launching a modular station in space that would orbit 200 miles above Earth, offering six guests 384 sunrises and sunsets as they race around the planet for 12 days at incredibly high speeds.
The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew. The company requires an $80,000 deposit, which is fully refundable, and began accepting payments on April 5.(Photo courtesy: Orion Span Twitter)
The station would accommodate as many as four guests, plus the two crew. The company requires an $80,000 deposit, which is fully refundable, and began accepting payments on April 5.(Photo courtesy: Orion Span Twitter)
Updated on Apr 09, 2018 12:24 PM IST
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