In this cross-posting with The Conversation, physics lecturer Ian Whittaker and research fellow in space science Gareth Dorrian discuss whether the billionaires actually reached space, and what the future of space tourism could look like. Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and his team successfully flew to the “edge of space” on the Unity 22 mission aboard
Sir Richard Branson has officially completed his mission to become the first of the billionaires currently investing in space tourism technologies to reach space aboard his own company’s rocket, beating rival Jeff Bezos by nine days.
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity has successfully completed its ninth flight on the Red Planet, in what NASA has dubbed its “most challenging” flight to date. In a tweet announcing the success of the flight, NASA’s California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which oversees the Ingenuity program, said “the rotorcraft completed its 9th and most challenging flight yet”
Virgin Galactic has now confirmed that the British billionaire will be taking his seat aboard the next crewed spaceflight on 11 July, pending weather and technical checks.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has successfully completed its eighth flight on the Red Planet, as the space agency continues to push the rotorcraft to test the upper extent of its abilities. In its eighth flight, Ingenuity flew further than engineers at NASA’s California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory expected to be possible, as the helicopter again defied
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has successfully completed its seventh successful flight on the Red Planet entirely as planned, following an in-flight technical glitch that occurred on its sixth attempt last month, according to the space agency. The Ingenuity rotorcraft took off at roughly 12:34 local solar time (11:54am EDT), where it flew a total of