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SpaceX halts U.S. satellite launch for national...

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It was supposed to be a record breaking day for space launches with four rockets blasting off, and the latest round in the battle of the space billionaires. However, both Elon Musk's SpaceX and Blue Origin, the space firm set up by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, were forced to cancel launched within minutes of each other this morning. Arianespace's Soyuz launch has also been delayed 24 hours due to high-altitude winds above the launch site, leaving just ULA's Delta IV Heavy to blast off later today. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, was due to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9:30 a.m. Arianespace's Soyuz was due to blast off from Blue Origin was due to bring its New Shepard vehicle back to Earth for a landing after launch to recover all the data collected (and, of course, the rocket itself).


Battle of the space billionaires put on hold AGAIN as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos postpone launches

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It was supposed to be the latest round in the battle of the space billionaires. However, both Elon Musk's SpaceX and Blue Origin, the space firm set up by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, were forced to cancel launches after postponing them yesterday. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, was slated to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9 a.m. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a roughly $500 million global positioning system (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp, was due to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral shortly after 9:30 a.m. However, SpaceX said on Twitter it was standing down from the launch attempt of the GPS III to further evaluate an'out of family' reading on the rocket's first-stage sensors and would confirm a new launch date once that review was complete.


Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin has a third successful launch and return

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Private space firm Blue Origin successfully launched and landed for the third time an unmanned suborbital rocket capable of carrying six passengers, taking another step on its path in developing reusable boosters, the company said on Saturday. The New Shepard rocket and capsule blasted off from a launch site in West Texas on Saturday at an undisclosed time, and landed minutes later back at a landing pad, the company, headed by Jeff Bezos, said. The capsule, which was flying autonomously, parachuted to a nearby site and was recovered, the company said. 'Flawless BE-3 restart and perfect booster landing,' Bezos wrote on Twitter. Blue Origin declined to comment on the test but said on Twitter, 'Congrats Blue team on today's (flight)!' Saturday's flight marks the third successful launch-and-land for the rocket, with similar missions completed in January and November.


Can Jeff Bezos pull it off a THIRD time? Blue Origin to launch its reusable rocket again tomorrow in toughest test flight yet

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Private space firm, Blue Origin, will try to launch and land its reusable rocket for a third time tomorrow. CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted today that the company will fly the same vehicle that successfully went into space and returned on two other occasions. It's not yet known at what time the flight will occur in Van Horn, Texas, but Bezos said Blue Origin will attempt a few new manoeuvres with this launch. Private space firm, Blue Origin, will try to launch and land its reusable rocket for a third time tomorrow. CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted today that the company will fly the same vehicle that successfully went into space and returned on two other occasions.


Will Bezos's Blue Origin be the first company to send tourists to space?

Christian Science Monitor | Science

Blue Origin, owned by Amazon chief executive officer Jeff Bezos, completed Sunday its fourth successful unmanned launch and landing of its reusable New Shepard rocket. The suborbital flight is months ahead of SpaceX's fourth test of its reusable rocket, which owner Elon Musk announced less than two weeks ago. Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic, owned by Mr. Bezos and Mr. Musks's fellow billionaire Richard Branson, are vying to be the first private company to bring people to space. As a new space race plays out, these private space companies and other unorthodox contenders such as India are lowering the cost of space travel. Blue Origin was the first private space company to feature a reusable rocket that entered space and landed again, as The Christian Science Monitor's Corey Fedde reported in January.