Blue Origin one step closer to crewed suborbital flights

By |December 17th, 2017|

Blue Origin has as its motto, Gradatim Ferociter. Loosely translated, it means ‘Step by step, ferociously.’ On December 12, the company took another ferocious step and conducted a launch of the updated New Shepard booster and the Crew Capsule 2.0 complete with windows and a test mannequin, cleverly named Mannequin Skywalker. Blue Origin had not […]

Third Age Suborbital Spaceflight Participants

By |May 27th, 2017|

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 […]

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin

By |May 13th, 2017|

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 […]

Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic

By |May 6th, 2017|

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, […]

Personal Spaceflight and the Adjacent Possible

By |April 22nd, 2017|

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 […]

Blue Origin’s progress

By |April 15th, 2017|

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 […]

America’s Wealthy and Suborbital Personal Spaceflight

By |April 9th, 2017|

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 […]

Japan’s Wealthy and Suborbital Personal Spaceflight

By |April 1st, 2017|

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 […]

Russia’s Wealthy and Suborbital Personal Spaceflight

By |March 25th, 2017|

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, […]

China’s Wealthy and Suborbital Personal Spaceflight

By |March 18th, 2017|

Five percent of the world’s wealthy live and work in China. The country ranks fourth in the number of high net worth (HNW) and ultra-high net worth (UHNW) men and women, after the United States, Japan and Germany. Collectively, these four countries have over 60 percent of the world’s wealth holders.

Although China has long been […]