Blue Origin

US grounds billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic after space flight 'mishap'

Aborting would have dashed flamboyant billionaire Branson's hopes of beating rival Jeff Bezos, whose own flight to space was scheduled a few days later.

published on : 3rd September 2021

Blue Origin capsule carrying Jeff Bezos, crewmates touches down after breaching space boundary

The spaceship floated down on three giant parachutes before firing a retro thruster, sending up a cloud of sand as it gently landed at one or two kilometres an hour.

published on : 20th July 2021

After Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos to take off for space in Blue Origin 

If successful, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin programme plans two more passenger flights to space by this year's end.

published on : 20th July 2021

Environmental concerns grow as space tourism lifts off

Scientists are worried about the potential for longer term harm as the industry is poised for major growth, particularly impacts to the ozone layer in the still poorly understood upper atmosphere.

published on : 18th July 2021

18-year-old to join Blue Origin's first passenger spaceflight

Blue Origin announced that instead of a USD 28 million auction winner launching with founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, Dutch runner-up Oliver Daemen will be on board.

published on : 15th July 2021

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin gets green light to send him, three others to space

It will be the first launch with passengers for Blue Origin, which like Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic plans to start flying paying customers in the months ahead.

published on : 13th July 2021

17 years after founding Virgin Galactic, billionaire Richard Branson bound for space

The spaceflight should take place at 8:30 am Mountain Time (1430 GMT), after overnight weather conditions forced a 90-minute delay. Virgin Galactic is livestreaming the launch on its website.

published on : 11th July 2021

Richard Branson announces trip to space, ahead of Jeff Bezos

The winged rocket ship will soar from New Mexico — the first carrying a full crew of company employees. It will be only the fourth trip to space for Virgin Galactic.

published on : 2nd July 2021

82-year-old woman aviator to join Jeff Bezos on flight to space

The trip is 60 years overdue for Wally Funk, who was one of the Mercury 13 -- the first women trained to fly to space from 1960-1961, but excluded because of their gender.

published on : 1st July 2021

USD 28 million bid wins auction to fly to space with Jeff Bezos

Saturday's successful bidder beat out some 20 rivals in an auction launched on May 19 and wrapped up with a 10-minute, livecast frenzy.

published on : 13th June 2021

Jeff Bezos plans to go to space aboard Blue Origin flight in July

Bezos said in early February that he was stepping down as CEO of Amazon to spend more time, among other things, focused on Blue Origin.

published on : 7th June 2021