Blue Origin

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    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Every once in a while someone in Silicon Valley brings up the possibility of living forever, or at least a really long time, but first we’re going to need to figure out a way to enjoy all those extra years. Unity Biotechnology is a startup focusing on medicines to help us do that by slowing the effects of age-related diseases. And the company announced it has pulled in a whopping… Read More

  • Blue Origin conducts in-flight escape test and unexpectedly lands rocket for a fifth time

    Blue Origin conducts in-flight escape test and unexpectedly lands rocket for a fifth time

    Today’s Blue Origin flight was a unique one. Upon testing their rocket’s in-flight escape system (a means of bringing passengers to safety if something were to happen during launch), Jeff Bezos’ rocket company ended up with a safely recovered crew capsule and an unexpectedly intact New Shepard rocket. The company had considerably downplayed the odds of successfully… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin’s first orbital rocket, the New Glenn

    Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin’s first orbital rocket, the New Glenn

    Early this morning, Jeff Bezos revealed plans for the next Blue Origin rocket, the New Glenn. Unlike their New Shepard rocket, which is only capable of up-and-down suborbital launches, New Glenn will be the company’s first rocket capable of bringing payloads and humans into orbit around the Earth. Similar to New Shepard, New Glenn is designed with a recoverable booster and is intended… Read More

  • Opportunities and challenges in commercializing space privately Crunch Network

    Opportunities and challenges in commercializing space privately

    The dawn of the space age was, in many ways, a direct response to heightened competitive political and military rhetoric from major global superpowers in the latter part of the previous century. The need for diversification as a means to mitigate technology-related risk ultimately served as a catalyst to open up the world of space to private enterprise. Read More

  • Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

    Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

    In an email to Blue Origin fans this morning, founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company broke ground on their orbital vehicle manufacturing site in Florida. At 750,000 square feet, the new custom-built facility is designed to be large enough to accommodate manufacturing, processing, integration, and testing of orbital rockets. To put that size in perspective, SpaceX’s rocket facility… Read More

  • Blue Origin launches, lands the same rocket for the fourth time

    Blue Origin launches, lands the same rocket for the fourth time

    Blue Origin has successfully completed the fourth launch and landing of their New Shepard rocket and crew capsule. With another nominal flight test, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company is marching toward their goal of becoming the first private company to send tourists into space. And along the way, they’re perfecting the ability to reuse suborbital rockets over and over again – a… Read More

  • Blue Origin continues successful, record-setting year with another NASA contract

    Blue Origin continues successful, record-setting year with another NASA contract

    Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Jeff Bezos, has partnered with NASA to fly and test technology payloads on suborbital flights with the New Shepard launch vehicle. Bezos’ company is the sixth partner that NASA has selected through the Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle Flight and Payload Integration Services program. Blue Origin will compete with the other companies… Read More

  • Elon Musk wants people on Mars by 2025

    Elon Musk wants people on Mars by 2025

    One can never underestimate the ambition of SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. After making a bold adjustment to Tesla Motors’ outlook, saying the company could produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018, Musk now says that he says SpaceX may be able to have people on Mars by 2025. More specifically, he expects to launch a manned mission to Mars in 2024, which would arrive in 2025. He… Read More

  • SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch their GPS-3 satellite into orbit. This is the first National Security Space (NSS) contract for SpaceX, who won essentially by default since ULA, the only other viable competitor, declined to bid in the competition. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting… Read More