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Space, Satellites and Tea: An Interview with Richard Branson

It is early afternoon and I am about to speak with Richard Branson, another of the world’s iconic business people who is looking more and more to …

Space Travel

Still waiting on space tourism after all these years

This week marks the 14th anniversary of the first suborbital spaceflight by SpaceShipOne, but space tourism, suborbital or orbital, has still failed …

Space Travel

Spaceport Cup welcomes back rocket teams from around world

LAS CRUCES – The Spaceport America Cup welcomes back teams representing universities from around the world next week for the largest international …

Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space

Musk and his fellow-“astropreneurs” have tapped into our idealism about space travel. But to what end?<p>Long before mastering the mechanics of spaceflight, men imagined sending other men into the cosmos. Cicero, de Bergerac, Godwin, Poe, Verne, Wells: the tone of their tales was sometimes satirical, …

Space Travel

What does it mean to be a NASA astronaut in the celebrity space age of Elon Musk and Richard Branson?

The journey to outer space for American astronauts for the past seven years has begun at a Soviet-era launch site in Kazakhstan, deep in Central Asia. There, they pay homage to Russian cosmonauts and graciously participate in the rituals of their hosts, even the tradition of urinating on the right …

Space Exploration

Life on the moon – it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds

The history of all species is that our offspring tend to leave home in search of new habitations and locations in which to settle and live. That’s how bumblebees, ants and human populations have spread across the planet. Incremental exploration is followed by settlement. It’s fundamental animal …

Space Exploration

The race for asteroid-mining worth trillions is on

Space, the final frontier, is now being eyed by a new breed of space companies who want to boldly go where the big money reportedly can be found — in …

Space Exploration

SpaceX wants to build this futuristic campus in Florida to support an astonishing number of rocket launches

• <b>SpaceX has filed a proposal to expand its footprint at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.</b>• <b><br>The document calls for a 67-acre site that includes a</b> …

Space Exploration

Race for space lures investors wealthy and bold

Want to boldly go where mostly ultra-wealthy investors have gone before? Space, the so-called final frontier, is a $435-billion industry that’s expected to grow to more than $3-trillion over the next three decades.<p>Once the domain of governments and large aerospace contractors working on …

Investing

Space tourism? Majority of Americans say they wouldn’t be interested

About four-in-ten Americans (42%) say they would definitely or probably be interested in orbiting the Earth in a spacecraft in the future, while …

Tourism

Why Richard Branson’s promises about space tourism are empty

It emerged this week that SpaceX has postponed a much-vaunted tourist trip around the moon from this year to late 2019 at the earliest for two …

Space Travel

Russia may lack the funds to compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket

"The development of new boosters is doubtful from a practical perspective."<p>The Russian space program's budget process is not particularly transparent …

Space Exploration

With a simple and cheap rocket, Virgin Orbit aims for the extraordinary

With a first flight months away, we take a long look at the launch company.<p>LONG BEACH, Calif.—The black outline of a rocket painted on a concrete …

Space Travel

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Delays Plans for First Space Tourists to Circle Moon

Space-transportation company misses another deadline for putting humans in its Dragon capsule<p>SpaceX has indicated it won’t launch a pair of space tourists to loop around the moon this year as previously announced, the latest sign that technical and production challenges are disrupting founder Elon …

Space Exploration

SpaceX simplified: A quick guide to Elon Musk's space company

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, is just as likely to grab headlines as NASA these days.<p>But if you're having a hard time keeping up with SpaceX's plans to reshape the spaceflight industry, replace international airline flights with orbital rocket trips, create a …

Space Travel

Elon Musk's SpaceX is on Track to Make NASA's Rockets Obsolete

The battle of the BFR versus NASA's Space Launch System might not be heating up. It may already be over.<p>NASA has been working for more than a decade on its next generation rocket setup designed to send robotic and ultimately human missions further into the solar system than ever before.<p>But the …

Space Travel

Newt Gingrich: Space entrepreneurs will change our lives with advances that are out of this world

Much of American history has been created by entrepreneurial pioneers who kept inventing things.<p>Eli Whitney created the mechanical cotton gin in 1793, which sparked a revolution in the ability to process cotton. His development of interchangeable parts for manufacturing revolutionized productivity …

Space Exploration

Virgin Galactic Hits A Supersonic Milestone - But It Still Has A Long Way To Go

On Tuesday, Virgin Galactic hit a milestone—its spaceship, the VSS <i>Unity</i> (aka SpaceShipTwo), achieved rocket-powered, supersonic flight for the second time. The rocket burned for about 31 seconds and the spaceship reached a top speed of Mach 1.9.<p>Since the last supersonic test, the company has added …

Space Travel

Watch This Awesome Uncut Video of Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity Test Flight!

When Virgin Galactic sends its SpaceShipTwo spaceliner on a test flight, it's a pretty safe bet to expect a polished video recap of the mission. And …

Space Travel

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson readies himself for space

<b>Sir Richard Branson says he's training to be an astronaut and will take his first trip into space soon.</b><p>He told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme: "We're talking about months away, not years away - so it's close. There are exciting times ahead.<p>"I'm going for astronaut training; I'm going for …

Space Travel

Virgin Galactic steps closer to Richard Branson's dream of routine human spaceflight with second rocket launch

Virgin Galactic took another step on Tuesday toward beginning commercial operations with its latest test flight, only 54 days after its last launch …

Space Travel

The second powered flight of Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane featured extra passenger seats

VSS Unity reached an altitude nearly 22 miles<p>This morning, Virgin Galactic conducted the second powered flight test of its spaceplane, the VSS Unity, over the Mojave Desert just 54 days after the company ignited the vehicle’s engine for the first time during flight. It marks another successful …

Space Travel

NASA can still teach private space sector lessons about going into outer space

Trump's announcement last week underscored the meteoric rise of commercial ventures, and the commensurate decline in NASA's public profile.<p>It also …

Space Exploration

Richard Branson says he's months away from becoming an astronaut, as his space race with Jeff Bezos suddenly heats up

Getty<p><b>Richard Branson says he's months away from becoming an astronaut, and "neck and neck" with Jeff Bezos in the race to begin space tourism.</b>• <b><br>Both</b> …

Space Travel

SpaceX’s prototype internet satellites are good enough for gaming, Elon Musk says

It’s been three months since SpaceX launched the first prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband internet network, and there’s been precious …

Space Travel

Jeff Bezos outlines Blue Origin's space colony ambitions

It's no secret that Jeff Bezos wants humanity to return to the Moon and otherwise spread its wings beyond Earth. Now, though, he's offering a clearer sense of what that entails -- and it's evident that his ideas stretch well into the long term. In an interview with <i>GeekWire</i>, he explained that he …

Space Travel

Jeff Bezos wants to get back to the moon, but he knows space is no place for going solo

Amazon's Jeff Bezos on Friday advocated a return to the moon and said developing infrastructure for humans to live in space should be a collaborative effort among many companies and space agencies.<p>A long-stated goal of the Amazon CEO and founder of Blue Origin space company has been to see millions …

Space Travel

Branson in training for space trip

SIR Richard Branson is training to become an astronaut in a bid to beat Amazon boss Jeff Bezos in the commercial space race.

Space Travel

Sir Richard Branson: We're 'tantalizingly close' to putting tourists in space

Planet Earth in 50 years: what might it look like? Few people, perhaps, are more qualified to provide an interesting response to this question, than Sir Richard Branson - who is far more at risk of getting lost in the future, chasing his dreams of space travel, than ever getting stuck in the muds …

Stephen Hawking

Trump to sign directive to reform commercial space regulations

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Excitement in the air' ahead of Kim meeting Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada Merkel: EU will …

Regulation