Expanding Frontiers announces summer internships
In a news release, Expanding Frontiers announced that its Space Entrepreneur Summer Academy (SESA) will create the National Space Society-Club for the Future (NSS-CFF) Scholars program, in which 10 high school students from this year’s SESA cohort will receive internships at Expanding Frontiers. Participants engage with NASA experts, retired NASA engineers, NewSpace thought leaders, SESA alumni who are now professionals in the field, and NewSpace business people from across the nation, Expanding Frontiers said in the release. Anita Gale, a retired NASA Space Shuttle engineer and CEO of the National Space Society and its International Space Settlement Design Competition, said she is pleased to be working with Expanding Frontiers. This is an investment in the future of humanity, and we’re pleased to be working with Expanding Frontiers on their important program,” she stated in the release. Expanding Frontiers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization developing an innovation ecosystem with emphasis on space and energy technologies in Brownsville and supports local entrepreneurs.myrgv.com
Billionaire hedge fund boss Ken Griffin paid $8 million to fly to space with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin — but will donate his seat to a New York schoolteacher, report says
The crewed mission, on a reusable New Shepard launch vehicle, is set to take place in the first half of 2023, Bloomberg reported.news.yahoo.com
Missile attack on Kyiv was message from Russia, former U.S. defense official says
Russia launched missiles at the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv while the U.N. secretary-general was visiting. Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers spoke with Mike Vickers, a former U.S. undersecretary of defense for intelligence, about the message Russia was trying to send and what it will take for the war in Ukraine to end.news.yahoo.com
Blue Origin launches capsule to space with astronaut perks
In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the company's New Shepard rocket lands after a test flight in West Texas on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company launched a new capsule into space Thursday to test all the astronaut perks before people strap in. Thursday’s flight with a dummy named Mannequin Skywalker lasted 10 minutes and reached 66 miles (106 kilometers) above West Texas. Both the New Shepard rocket and the capsule landed successfully. It was the 14th flight to the fringes of space for a New Shepard rocket.
NASA moon-landing tech hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket
The sensors and computer — tested during the booster’s descent and touchdown — will hitch another suborbital ride with Blue Origin. Led by Amazon founder Bezos, Washington state-based Blue Origin is leading a team of companies to develop a lunar lander for astronauts. Tuesday’s launch was the first in nearly a year for Blue Origin: The pandemic stalled operations. Blue Origin said its staff is maintaining social distancing and taking other safety measures. Blue Origin said it needs a couple more flights before launching people — tourists, scientists and professional astronauts — on short hops.