Max Q - Space is getting just lousy with billionaires

TechCrunch Newsletter
TechCrunch logo
Max Q logo

Monday, July 19, 2021 By Darrell Etherington

Richard Branson’s trip to space was the big story last week, but that’s old news now. Move on with your life. There’s a new billionaire crossing the imaginary technical boundary (albeit a slightly different, higher one) that separates Earth’s atmosphere and outer space, and it’s Jeff Bezos.

Spaceman Bezos

There are actually two Bezos(es?) going to space this week: Both Jeff, who I assume you’re aware of, and Mark, who is not a household name but who is getting a ride courtesy of his brother on Blue Origin’s first ever human spaceflight on Tuesday morning.

The Bezos boys are flying alongside Wally Funk, an 82-year old lifelong aviator who broke a number of glass ceilings, but who never went to space when the Mercury 13 program was cancelled. She’ll become the oldest person ever in history to make the trip to space during the flight, and she’ll be joined by 18-year old Oliver Daemen, who will become the youngest in history to do the same. Blue Origin’s padding the record books with this one.

You’ll be able to watch the whole thing go down live on YouTube starting at 7:30 AM EDT / 4:30 AM PDT. It’s happening in West Texas, in a tiny town basically in the middle of nowhere where Blue Origin has its launch and landing site. Our own Aria Alamalhodaei will be there in person to offer up all the details, and you can check out our live stream, too.

Spaceman Bezos image

Virgin Galactic president dishes on what's next

I was dismissive of Virgin Galactic’s flight last week earlier in this newsletter, but that was in jest of course. Branson’s flight was a major milestone for the company, as it marked its first full complement flight — carrying the same number of people that the eventual commercial tours will take. Our own Devin Coldewey got the chance to talk to Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses about what that flight means, and what’s next for Virgin’s spacecraft as it ramps up operations.

Another company focused on private human space exploration also made some noteworthy moves last week: Axiom Space contracted Thales Alenia Space to build pressurized sections for its future commercial space station. Axiom has been bold about its vision for creating a private orbital space destination, but this marks one of the more concrete moves its made to date to turn that vision into a reality.

Virgin Galactic president dishes on what's next image

Image Credits: Virgin Galactic

Masten will make Moon GPS

It’s hard to understate just how massive an impact the development of GPS had here on Earth. Most of the stuff we take for granted today, like getting directions on our phones, wouldn’t be possible without it.

Masten Space Systems announced this week that it will be making a GPS-type system for the Moon, which could greatly aid with future Moon exploration and colonization efforts. All navigation done currently on the lunar surface relies on local sensors and obstacle avoidance, but a GPS-style locating system for lunar destinations could change all that.

Masten will make Moon GPS image

Image Credits: Masten Space Systems

Join us at TC Sessions: Space in December

Last year we held our first dedicated space event, and it went so well that we decided to host it again in 2021. This year, it’s happening December 14 and 15, and it’s once again going to be an entirely virtual conference, so people from all over the world will be able to join — and you can, too.

Join us at TC Sessions: Space in December image

Read more stories on TechCrunch.com

Newest Jobs from Crunchboard

See more jobs on CrunchBoard

Post your tech jobs and reach millions of TechCrunch readers for only $200 per month.

Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram Flipboard

View this email online in your browser

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Unsubscribe

© 2021 Verizon Media. All rights reserved. 110 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Older messages

[Next Week] How Machine Learning is Shaping The Future of Data Apps

Monday, July 19, 2021

with Snowflake, July 27, 9am PT Hi there, Ideally every app is created to be an intelligent app that provides users with personalized experiences, but not every product organization can meet the

The Station - Aurora SPACs, a spin on the VanMoof X3 and a chat with Outdoorsy founders

Sunday, July 18, 2021

TechCrunch Newsletter TechCrunch logo The Transportation logo Sunday, July 18, 2021 • By Kirsten Korosec Hello and welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of

Week in Review - Can Netflix beat the odds?

Saturday, July 17, 2021

TechCrunch Newsletter TechCrunch logo Week in Review logo Saturday, July 17, 2021 • By Lucas Matney Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I wrote about Nintendo's steady and

Startups Weekly - All eyes are on India’s brightest Zomato

Saturday, July 17, 2021

TechCrunch Newsletter TechCrunch logo Startups Weekly logo Saturday, July 17, 2021 • By Natasha Mascarenhas Relevance, rarity and ripple effects Relevance is often tied to rarity. As a result, the

Daily Crunch - FedEx invests $100M in Indian logistics giant Delhivery

Friday, July 16, 2021

TechCrunch Newsletter TechCrunch logo The Daily Crunch logo Friday, July 16, 2021 • By Alex Wilhelm Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 16, 2021. A PSA: A few of us at TechCrunch took some time

Kotlin Weekly #261

Sunday, August 1, 2021

ISSUE #261 1st of August 2021 Hi Kotliners. Jetpack Compose 1.0.0 is out there, and we have already seen a boom in content just after a few days. Expect more Compose in the near future - and if you

[Sublime + Python Setup] The Ctrl+s "Heisenbug"

Sunday, August 1, 2021

"What the **** is going on?!" I heard Keith yell. Returning from my lunch break and in a helpful mood I grabbed my coffee mug and shuffled over to my coworker's desk. "What's

[PythonistaCafe] Why PythonistaCafe exists

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Hey there, In one of my last emails I talked about how some online communities in the tech space devolve over time and turn into cesspools of negativity. This relates directly to how and why I started

Show HN: Static.wiki – read-only Wikipedia using a 43GB SQLite file — and Hosting SQLite Databases on GitHub Pages

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Issue #481 — Top 20 stories of August 01, 2021 Issue #481 — August 01, 2021 You receive this email because you are subscribed to Hacker News Digest. You can open it in the browser if you prefer. 1 Show

Weekend Reading — Working with real data

Saturday, July 31, 2021

This week we Kanban our job search, change our strategy vision to fix a bug, ride the bike, and mind the duck! Weekend Reading — Working with real data By Assaf Arkin – 31 Jul 2021 – View online → 🪑

Charted | 1.6 Billion Disposable Masks Entered Our Oceans in 2020 😷

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The entire world has relied on disposable face masks to contain the spread of COVID-19, but over a billion of them are now in our oceans. FEATURED STORY 1.6 Billion Disposable Masks Entered Our Oceans

Daily Coding Problem: Problem #481 [Hard]

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Daily Coding Problem Good morning! Here's a solution to yesterday's problem. This is your coding interview problem for today. This problem was asked by Jane Street. Given an arithmetic

Week in Review - The metaverse reversal

Saturday, July 31, 2021

TechCrunch Newsletter TechCrunch logo Week in Review logo Saturday, July 31, 2021 • By Lucas Matney Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, I talked about the specter of an “eco-

Startups Weekly - Unicorns are ready for a haircut

Saturday, July 31, 2021

TechCrunch Newsletter TechCrunch logo Startups Weekly logo Saturday, July 31, 2021 • By Natasha Mascarenhas The digitization of your haircut may not have been on your 2020 bucket list, but 2021 has an

[Sublime + Python Setup] How to become a happier & more productive Python dev

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Hey there, I really struggled with setting up an effective development environment as a new Python developer. It was difficult to build the right habits and to find a set of tools I enjoyed to use.