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posted by martyb on Wednesday June 09 2021, @12:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the competition dept.

Branson may make a last-ditch effort to beat Bezos into space:

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said on Monday he would fly on the first human spaceflight of his company's New Shepard spacecraft. This mission will launch from Blue Origin's spaceport in West Texas on July 20, which is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969.

With this timeline, Bezos seemed almost certain to beat his suborbital space tourism rival, Sir Richard Branson, into space. Setting aside whether Branson's VSS Unity vehicle reaches space—its maximum altitude is just below the Kármán line, or 100 km—this is nonetheless a meaningful milestone.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 09 2021, @06:10PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 09 2021, @06:10PM (#1143615)

    China and India teaming up on anything isn't going to happen in our lifetimes, if ever, but I can certainly see a cold-war style space race happening between them. China has a leg up due to Russian assistance but India has long since proven that they can compete when they want to. It would be well worth watching.

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  • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Thursday June 10 2021, @01:46AM

    by coolgopher (1157) on Thursday June 10 2021, @01:46AM (#1143764)

    I wouldn't rule out such cooperation entirely. See e.g. this article [].