You may have see Elon Musk in the Cybertruck at the Tesla Austin gigafactory, but Jeff Bezos wasn’t about to be shown up by the SpaceX CEO. So, he visited the Blue Origin’s latest landing of its New Shepard rocket at its West Texas facility in a Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. However, this trip wasn’t about seeing progress on the site, but rather to promote ticket sales for suborbital tourist rides on New Shepard, which begin later this week on May 5. Read more for the video and additional information.
Blue Origin, a space exploration company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, launched its 14th sub-orbital flight of a New Shepard spacecraft Thursday, using its reusable rocket to boost an unmanned crew capsule to the edge of space This mission was to test accommodations, cockpit displays and other systems for upcoming crewed flights. Its hydrogen-fueled BE-3 rocket engine ignited with a burst of flame at 12:17 p.m. EST from Launch Site One at Blue Origin’s west Texas flight test facility. Read more for the launch video and additional information.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced yesterday three private companies that will develop, build and fly lunar landers, with the goal of returning astronauts to the moon in 2024 and eventually, Mars. They are: SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, led by Elon Musk; Blue Origin in Kent, Washington, founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; and Dynetics, a Huntsville, Alabama subsidiary of Leidos. The contracts for the initial 10-month period total $967 million. Read more for two videos and additional information.