Third Age Suborbital Spaceflight Participants

Does age have any impact on the ability of men and women in their Third Age to experience suborbital spaceflight? In any previous decade, that question might be viewed as astounding, or at least a moot point. However, in this decade of the 21st century, that question will be answered.

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are approaching […]

By |May 27th, 2017|Suborbital|0 Comments

Book review: Spaceman – An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey by Mike Massimino

There have been many NASA astronaut autobiographies and biographies published over the last half century. Among the most notable are Apollo 11’s Michael Collins who wrote Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys published in 1974, and Apollo 17’s Eugene Cernan, who wrote The Last Man on the Moon.

Numerous Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space program astronauts […]

By |May 20th, 2017|Orbital, Spaceflight|0 Comments

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin

Billionaire Jeff Bezos is competing with billionaire Sir Richard Branson to offer suborbital personal spaceflight. Bezos has invested much of his personal wealth in the establishment of Blue Origin, more than a decade of research and development testing to make the company as successful as—Bezos first company.

Bezos displayed his excitement for spaceflight during high […]

By |May 13th, 2017|Spaceflight, Suborbital|0 Comments

Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic

Suborbital personal spaceflight is being pioneered by Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin. This blog post will focus on Richard Branson, his entrepreneurial roots that formed the basis of his fortune, and the founding and struggles of Virgin Galactic.

Forbes magazine, in its 2017 special edition on billionaires, […]

By |May 6th, 2017|Suborbital|0 Comments

World View and the Nearspace Experience

World View Enterprises recently opened its new headquarters building at Tucson, Arizona. The company specializes in stratospheric balloon flights for research and passengers. For several years now, it has been working on the design and development of its Voyager craft.  This sleek craft will take individuals by balloon filled with lighter than air gas up to an […]

By |April 29th, 2017|Near Space|0 Comments

Personal Spaceflight and the Adjacent Possible

The current state of suborbital spaceflight technology conceived by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are the result of past concurrent, adjacent possibilities. In 2010, Steven Johnson wrote an essay for The Wall Street Journal titled, “The Genius of the Tinkerer.” In that essay, Johnson defined the Adjacent Possible:

The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow […]

By |April 22nd, 2017|Orbital, Spaceflight, Suborbital|0 Comments

Blue Origin’s progress

Recently, Blue Origin released a photo of the completed interior of its suborbital capsule.  Those following Blue Origin’s efforts for some time were rewarded with the couches the spaceflight participants will strap themselves into prior to launch.  These couches are shown in the reclining position, just as they were for the Space Shuttle and for […]

By |April 15th, 2017|Spaceflight, Suborbital|0 Comments

America’s Wealthy and Suborbital Personal Spaceflight

The United States has the greatest number of high net worth (HNW) and ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals of any nation on Earth. The 2016 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report documented the number of millionaires in the United States was 13,554,000. The number of millionaires in America will grow to 18,067,000 by 2021.

The same report […]

By |April 9th, 2017|Suborbital|0 Comments

Japan’s Wealthy and Suborbital Personal Spaceflight

Despite being an island nation with less than 378,000 square kilometers, Japan contains an astounding nine percent of the world’s wealthy. Japan has nearly 127 million residents generating a GDP of over five trillion dollars.

According to RBC Wealth Management, Japan is ranked second in the world after the United States in the number of high […]

By |April 1st, 2017|Suborbital|0 Comments

Russia’s Wealthy and Suborbital Personal Spaceflight

Today’s Russian high net worth (HNW) and ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals are the result of the collapse of the former Soviet Union and its communistic control of the free market. Perestroika under Michael Gorbachev was the first wave of change.

As state control of large industries was handed over to individuals and newly formed corporations, […]

By |March 25th, 2017|Spaceflight, Suborbital|0 Comments