How Seattle tech titans gave a boost to suborbital space tourism

SpaceShipTwo / SpaceShipOne

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity and its mothership (left) are modeled after the SpaceShipOne launch system (right) built with the help of Seattle billionaire Paul Allen. (Photos by Virgin Galactic and Michael Pereckas) The suborbital spaceships built by Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Spaceline may look completely different, but financially … Read more

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson goes on suborbital space trip

SpaceShipTwo launch

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, VSS Unity, launches its hybrid rocket engine to fly into space. (Virgin Galactic via YouTube) Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson took his company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket to the skies over New Mexico today and did something no billionaire has done before. Accompanied by five crew members, Branson became the first billionaire … Read more

Blue Origin sells seat on suborbital spaceship for $28 million

$28 million bidding

RR Auction’s Steve Little yells “Sold!” and completes the tender for a seat on Blue Origin’s suborbital spacecraft for $ 28 million. (Blue Origin via YouTube) A vacant seat on the very first crew to fly Blue Origin’s suborbital New Shepard was auctioned today for $ 28 million, millions more than the International Space Station’s … Read more

Blue Origin suborbital test flight to space includes live rehearsal for future spacefliers

Blue Origin suborbital test flight to space includes live rehearsal for future spacefliers

New Shepard’s booster descends to Blue Origin’s landing pad. (Blue origin via YouTube) The Blue Origin space project by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos flew a mannequin into space today during the 15th test flight for its reusable suborbital spaceship New Shepard – but for the first time living, breathing people practiced every step before takeoff … Read more