- Mar 10, 2015
I believe that Blue Origin will be launching today.
Safer than risking an explosion on re-entry.Am I the only one who thinks that if Bezos can make Blue Origin so that the rocket bit can land back safely, upright, on legs, only a mile or two from the launch site, then why not keep the capsule attached?
Much easier, and safer than allowing it to free-fall and then parachute into some remote region.
Are you watching?
They have a gloriously phallic rocket
I've not read the article but did it just simply say that it was designed to be that shape to resemble a huge penis, because Bezos thinks he is funny?The Guardian discusses why the spacecraft was designed to be that shape:
I've not read the article but did it just simply say that it was designed to be that shape to resemble a huge penis, because Bezos thinks he is funny?
Surely all they have to do in future is take the wheel for a few seconds, job done they are part of the crew. I'm pretty sure very few of the astronauts that went up in the Russian rocket and Musks space Uber to the ISS would be classed as crew under these new rules either.Not so fast B&B, not so fast.
In a move that pours cold water on the dreams of a few billionaire space explorers, the US has tightened its definition of the word "astronaut".
New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules say astronaut hopefuls must be part of the flight crew and make contributions to space flight safety. That means Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson may not yet be astronauts in the eyes of the US government. These are the first changes since the FAA wings programme began in 2004.
The Commercial Astronaut Wings programme updates were announced on Tuesday - the same day that Amazon's Mr Bezos flew aboard a Blue Origin rocket to the edge of space. To qualify as commercial astronauts, space-goers must travel 50 miles (80km) above the Earth's surface, which both Mr Bezos and Mr Branson accomplished.
But altitude aside, the agency says would-be astronauts must have also "demonstrated activities during flight that were essential to public safety, or contributed to human space flight safety".
Space Hopper?To be fair, they're all closer to being an astronaut than I ever will be.
Maybe they can come up with a new descriptive term that is more fitting to anyone who is essentially just a rocket-borne traveller?