Wally Funk gives Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight a lukewarm review

Business

Fox Business 21 July, 2021 - 03:45pm 18 views

How long is Bezos space flight?

New Shepard with Jeff Bezos on board has launched If all goes well, the booster will fly back to a soft landing, and the capsule will touch down a few minutes later under three parachutes. The entire flight is expected to last about 10 minutes. The Washington PostJeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen reach space, return safely on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket

What time does Blue Origin launch?

Blue Origin had been aiming for the rocket to take off at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, July 20. The company will begin coverage of the launch at 7:30 a.m. on its YouTube channel, or you can watch it in the video player embedded above. The date coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The New York TimesWhat Time Will Jeff Bezos Launch to Space?

How much did the Blue Origin launch cost?

The price was originally $200,000 and later raised to $250,000, but Virgin Galactic stopped sales in 2014 after a crash of its first space plane during a test flight. Virgin Galactic officials say they will resume sales later this year, and the price will likely be higher than $250,000. The New York TimesHow Much Does It Cost to Fly on Blue Origin's New Shepard?

How much did Jeff Bezos spend to go to space?

Jeff Bezos Just Spent $5.5B to Be in Space for 4 Minutes. Here Are 7 Things That Money Could Help Solve. globalcitizen.orgJeff Bezos Just Spent $5.5B to Be in Space for 4 Minutes. Here Are 7 Things That Money Could Help Solve.

Read full article at Fox Business

Bezos and brother greet mother from space, before hugging her and giving her a feather necklace

Daily Mail 22 July, 2021 - 01:00am

By Melissa Koenig For Dailymail.Com

Jeff Bezos shared a special message to his mother from space during Tuesday morning's successful Blue Origin flight.

The billionaire and his brother Mark scrawled 'HI MOM' across their palms, which they waved at the camera during the 10 minute voyage.

When they landed back on Earth, Jeff stepped out of the New Sheppard capsule and immediately ran to hug his mother Jacklyn, later gifting her with a Blue Origin feather necklace he wore during the journey. 

Jeff and Mark Bezos sent their mother a message from space on board Blue Origin's New Sheppard space craft Tuesday morning

The pair wrote 'HI MOM' across their palms which they waved at the camera during the flight 

The 57-year-old Amazon founder also gave his mother a feather that he wore on a necklace on the flight. She is shown, right, with his sister Christina

After he presented her with the necklace, the mother and son embraced 

The Bezos brothers and the crew of Blue Origin took off from their base at Van Horn, Texas, at 9.12am EST on Tuesday, the 52nd anniversary of the moon landing, 12 minutes behind schedule. They ascended for four minutes before the New Shepard rocket booster separated from their capsule, leaving them floating in zero gravity for four minutes. 

They were joined by 18-year-old Oliver Daemen - the word's first paying customer to buy his flight - and 82-year-old Wally Funk, who passed NASA's space program in the 1960s but never made it to space because the women's flight was canceled.  

They then returned to earth with parachutes controlling the pace of their descent, touching down in the Texas desert at 9.22am EST, 10 minutes and 20 seconds after liftoff.

The 10 minute journey cost $5.5billion - $550million per minute. 

Bezos, who stepped down as Amazon CEO earlier this year and will now split his time between Blue Origin and his environmental charity, said at a press conference after the flight: 'For every amazon customer, you guys paid for all this so thank you from the bottom of my heart.' 

The New Shepard launched at 9.12am EST on Tuesday, 12 minutes after schedule. At 9.16am EST - four minutes later - the booster separated from the capsule, where the four crew members floated in zero gravity for four minutes before starting their descent. First, three parachutes deployed then another three before the capsule touched back down in the Texas desert at 9.22am EST 

Jeff Bezos hugs his mother Jacklyn after returning to earth with his crew mates on Tuesday morning, as 82-year-old Wally Funk exited the capsule

Jeff has always been close with this mother and says she inspired his success. 

In 2017, he tweeted an old photo of him and his mom, noting that he had 'won the lottery with my mom,' and thanking her for everything she had done for him.

And just last year, when he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative law, which was investigating the monopolistic practices of big technology companies like Amazon, Bezos said he considers his parents his 'greatest gifts.'

'They have been incredible role models for me and my siblings our entire life,' he said at the time. 

His mom and step-father were the ones who gave Jeff the investment to start Amazon which would grow to become multibillion dollar company with a $837,330.25 revenue per minute in 2021′s first quarter.

In 2017, Bezos tweeted his appreciation for his mother, Jacklyn, thanking her for everything she had done for him

He had previously announced that the 600-foot ship that would act as a floating platform for his company's 310-foot orbital class New Glenn rocket would be named in her honor

Bezos first presented his mother and step-father, Mike Bezos, with the idea of an online book company in 1995, and together they lent him $245,573 - which was then considered a lot of money, and a risk considering the internet was in its infancy, he said.

'They weren't making a bet on Amazon or the concept of a bookstore on the Internet. They were making a bet on their son,' Bezos recounted at the anti-trust hearing last year. 'I told them that I thought there was a 70 percent chance they would lose their investment, and they did it anyway.' 

Their investment would be worth almost $30 billion today, according to Market Realist, making Bezos' parents wealthier than Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. 

Jeff has found his own ways to pay his parents back. 

In late December, he announced on Instagram the 600-foot ship that would act as a floating platform for his company's 310-foot orbital class New Glenn rocket would be named Jacklyn in her honor. 

The 57-year-old Blue Origin founder wrote at the time: 'New Glenn's first stage will come home to the Jacklyn after every flight.

'It couldn't be more appropriately named - Mom has always given us the best place and the best heart to come home to.' 

Jacklyn Bezos had Jeff when she was barely 17 and a junior in high school. They are seen here at the Amazon's Emmy Celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel in September 2016

Jacklyn met Mike Bezos while attending night classes, and they were married in 1968. Jeff now considers Mike his father, and he and his parents were seen together at the Smithsonian Magazine's 2016 American Ingenuity Awards

The world's richest man came from relatively humble beginnings. 

The world's richest man came from relatively humble beginnings.

Jacklyn had Jeff when she was barely 17 and a junior at a high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1964. 

In a 2019 commencement address at Cambridge College, she revealed she had to fight to continue her education and they imposed humiliating restrictions on - banning her from speaking to other students or eat in the cafeteria or walk across the stage to get her diploma at her graduation. 

When Jeff was growing up, she was a divorced single mom, surviving on a $190-a-month secretarial job - the equivalent of $1,529 in 2019. 

Soon, she said, she was able to afford an apartment for her and her young son, but she did not have enough money for a phone to keep in touch with her parents, so they gave her a walkie-talkie and told her to check in every day at 7am.

Determined to continue with her education, Jacklyn then enrolled in night school and specifically chose classes where the professor would let her bring Jeff to class.

'I would show up with an infant and two duffel bags,' she recounted. 'One full of my textbooks, and the other full of diapers, cloth diapers, bottles... And the second duffel bag would have items that might keep Jeff interested for a few minutes.' 

She met Mike Bezos, a Cuban immigrant, in one of those classes, she said, and the two were married in 1968. To this day, Jeff says, he considers Mike his father.

Soon though, Jacklyn said in her speech, according to CNBC, the family had to move for Mike's job and her 'dream of graduating from college was put on hold.'

Eventually, she said she began to envy her children when they went away to college, but finally, at the age of 40, she, herself, graduated from the college of Saints Elizabeth.

Bezos tweeted the speech soon after her commencement address, writing: 'My mom's incredible story. Wow. So grateful. So proud.' 

The comments below have not been moderated.

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

By posting your comment you agree to our house rules.

Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?

Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.

Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?

Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual

We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.

You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy.

Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group

How much CO2 did Bezos' rocket ride release? Close to zero

PolitiFact 22 July, 2021 - 01:00am

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.

Twitter users said Bezos’ ride to space put 300 metric tons of carbon into the air.

Liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fueled his ride, not carbon-based fuels.

All rocket launches pose a threat to the ozone layer.

When uber-billionaire Jeff Bezos blasted off from a launchpad in Texas for a fast and short trip to near-space, he ignited a burst of claims about the outsized carbon footprint of his adventure.

"Today Jeff Bezos will put 300 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere for 180 seconds in space," said one tweet July 20. Other social posts made the same general point.

"If you are reporting on the Bezos space flight … please mention the carbon emissions."

"They really should given Bezos trip today = more carbon pollution than avg person’s whole life but oddly most in media refuse to punch up when it comes to climate."

In terms Americans might more clearly understand, the claim is that about 330 tons of carbon dioxide were emitted for Bezos and three companions to ride to a point about 60 miles above the Earth before coming back down. The round trip lasted about 10 minutes, of which about three were spent in weightlessness. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is one of a handful of private rocketeers aiming to turn space travel into a viable business. His company is called Blue Origin.

Given the clouds of dust and fiery plume that come with any launch, it might seem likely that greenhouse gases would be part of the picture.

In the case of the engine used in the Blue Origin rocket, that assumption is wrong.

Conventional rocket fuels are carbon-based. The BE-3 engine developed by Bezos’ company burns liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. 

The Guardian newspaper cited Marais in an article about how the rush of billionaires to get to space could dump massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Marais told The Guardian that typically, rockets release 200 to 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide during launch. That didn’t apply to the Blue Origin rocket, Marais said — but the erroneous tweets shared the article in making the claim about Blue Origin anyway.

At a press conference after returning from space, Bezos said the Blue Origin rocket used "​​the most environmentally benign propellant you can choose."

Other private companies — SpaceX, controlled by billionaire Elon Musk, and Virgin Galactic, which took owner Richard Branson into space a week before Bezos — use conventional fuels, and do release carbon dioxide.

The Blue Origin flight isn’t a net zero for the environment, however. Marais and other researchers warn that every rocket poses a threat to the ozone layer. Whether it’s water vapor and nitrogen oxides from a Blue Origin engine, or particles from conventional rocket fuels, both degrade the ozone. 

"In the stratosphere, nitrogen oxides and chemicals formed from the breakdown of water vapour convert ozone into oxygen, depleting the ozone layer which guards life on Earth against harmful UV radiation," Marais wrote in The Conversation July 19.

Social media users tweeted that Bezos’ brief trip to space released 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide. 

The trip released none. The rocket’s engine burns hydrogen and oxygen to carry it away from Earth. That doesn’t make these rides risk-free. They do pose a threat to the ozone layer. 

Twitter, tweet, July 20, 2021

Blue Origin, New Shepard, accessed July 20, 2021

Blue Origin, BE-3, accessed July 20, 2021

The Guardian, How the billionaire space race could be one giant leap for pollution, July 19, 2021

The Conversation, Space tourism: rockets emit 100 times more CO₂ per passenger than flights – imagine a whole industry, July 19, 2021

Journal of Cleaner Production, The environmental impact of emissions from space launches: A comprehensive review, May 10, 2020

Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The policy and science of rocket emissions, April 2018

CNN, Jeff Bezos goes to space, July 20, 2021

Live Science, How much will Jeff Bezos' New Shepard rocket warm the planet?, July 19, 2021

Eos, The Coming Surge of Rocket Emissions, Sept. 24, 2019

Email exchange, Eloise Marais, associate professor in Physical Geography, University College London, July 20, 2021

Wall-E Tried To Warn Us

Gizmodo 21 July, 2021 - 01:25pm

In it, a global mega-corporation has destroyed Earth, transforming the planet into a wasteland strewn with trash where nothing can grow. All life on the planet—save for one cockroach—has either perished or escaped to spend eternity on a spaceship called the Axiom, where humans are waited on by robot servants, spend all day watching screens, and smile dully as their muscles atrophy. A sign that reads “Welcome to Economy” hangs over the blank-faced passengers’ heads.

When Wall-E came out in 2008, the fictional Buy-n-Large corporation serving people in space setting drew comparisons to Walmart, but its director Andrew Stanton said the movie was actually inspired by the rise of companies like Amazon. He was definitely onto something. Like Buy-n-Large, which started as a yogurt company, Amazon started in the book market but quickly took over basically everything. And despite Bezos’ proclamations that he cares about the climate crisis, Amazon, like Buy-n-Large, is destroying the Earth. It produces hundreds of millions of pounds of plastic waste, spews toxic and planet-heating gases out of its thousands of vehicles and warehouses, and helps oil companies extract deadly fossil fuels more efficiently. The company also throws out millions of products at just one warehouse, and its waste problem runs deep.

Rather than make any serious attempts to address Amazon’s environmental destruction, Bezos has increasingly talked about how we need to prepare to escape Earth altogether. Just after his trip to space, he blithely remarked that humanity should offload all polluting industry to space. In the past, he’s said that he wants to build colonies in Earth’s orbit to support billions of people.

One thing we don’t see in Wall-E is what happened in the run-up to humanity leaving Earth. But based on what we know from the real world, wealthy corporate executives likely saw the best outcomes, just like the billionaire space race has seen the richest man on the planet be one of the first to leave Earth. Meanwhile, climate change and ecological destruction have hit the poorest among us the hardest. This can be seen from Black and Indigenous households that are more likely to lose everything when wildfires hit, to environmental justice communities living in the shadows of chemical, paper, and oil refineries producing the single-use items that Amazon loves to sell us, much of which ends up as waste in poorer countries.

Jeff Bezos was right to say that we all paid for his stupid trip to the edge of space—not only because workers and customers made him rich, but also because Amazon and other corporations have offloaded the cost of their pollution onto all of us. This cycle will only worsen in the coming decades unless we take steps to end it.

In real life, we also have no backup plan. If the destruction of Earth continues at its current pace, we’re fucked. We can only keep a handful of people alive on the International Space Station thanks to thousands of workers on the ground supporting them. Even the commercial dystopia that is Axiom is nowhere on the horizon.

Despite these differences, a core message of Wall-E rings true: Life on Earth is doomed if we leave the likes of Jeff Bezos at its helm. We’re headed down a path of annihilation if we keep letting corporations chase endless profit growth. In Wall-E, it’s a helpless robot who’s left to suffer until one brave human leader, the captain of the Axiom, decides to turn the spaceship around and rebuild Earth. Though Wall-E is dark (I cried at least four times, and this was a rewatch), its ending is relatively optimistic. But today, it’s people who are suffering. And it will take more than one captain to turn the ship around.

Business Stories

Top Stores