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How SpaceX, Blue Origin, And Virgin Galactic Plan On Taking You To Space

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Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson all want to send private citizens to space. Their respective companies, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are dedicated to making space travel and space tourism more accessible. Here's how they plan to do it. ------------------------------------------------------ Tech Insider tells you all you need to know about tech: gadgets, how-to's, gaming, science, digital culture, and more. Subscribe to our channel and visit us at: TI on Facebook: TI on Instagram: TI on Twitter: INSIDER on Snapchat: ------------------------------------------------------ Following is the transcript of the video: Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson all want to send private citizens to space. Their respective companies, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are dedicated to making space travel and space tourism more accessible. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator:  SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are in a modern space race. Similar to when the United States and the Soviet Union competed to get astronauts on the moon, these billionaire-run companies are racing to bring people like you and me to space. But how will they do it? Let's start with Blue Origin, the passion project of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin's focus is on commercial space flight, or space tourism. It plans to shoot a booster rocket with an attached passenger capsule to 60 miles above the surface into sub-orbital space. At the top of the rocket's arch, the capsule will detach, and for about four minutes, passengers will experience weightlessness. They'll be allowed to unbuckle their seat belts and float around the cabin, looking out the window at the curvature of the Earth. The capsule will then start to fall back into the atmosphere, and parachutes will deploy to bring it down slowly. The whole trip only lasts about 11 minutes. A ticket on Blue Origin's New Shepard will likely cost more than $200,000. That's over $18,000 a minute. Blue Origin has tested the New Shepard rocket nine times, and the company still hopes to send civilians into space in 2018. Virgin Galactic also aims to make commercial space travel accessible. But the vehicle it's using looks quite different. Virgin Galactic's SS Unity looks more like a plane than a rocket. The ship is made up of the WhiteKnightTwo, a carrier airplane, and SpaceShipTwo, a passenger spaceship. SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two crew members. The passenger ship detaches from the carrier plane about nine miles above the Earth's surface. The ship then fires its rocket engines to blast about 50 miles further until it reaches sub-orbital space. Similar to Blue Origin, passengers will experience four to five minutes of weightlessness before the ship re-enters the atmosphere. The total trip should last about two and a half hours. Virgin Galactic has conducted three rocket-powered test flights of the SS Unity and it hopes to get its first passengers to space by the end of 2018. Founder Richard Branson will be one of the first people to take the trip. And Virgin Galactic has already sold 700 tickets for future flights, costing $250,000 each. Elon Musk's company SpaceX also wants to send people to space. SpaceX's ultimate goal is to establish colonies on other planets. The ship SpaceX intends to send to Mars could hold 100 people, and the ride would be a lot longer than four minutes. But SpaceX also plans to send people to space on their way to other earthly destinations. The Big Falcon Rocket will briefly enter space to make long-distance travel shorter. Traveling by rocket from New York to Tokyo, for example, would only take 37 minutes. And it would take no more than an hour to get anywhere on Earth. Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX are major players in the modern space race, but there are even more companies out there. It's estimated that space tourism could generate $1.6 billion in revenue in the next decade. So no matter which company crosses this finish line first, there will inevitably be another race. After all, space is infinite.
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Info Hub (1 day ago)
Life is short
Angel Roque (26 days ago)
Will we feel g's taking off
Rodney Carpluk (29 days ago)
They all will delay flights, hinder Plane travel, or restrict airspace and cost plane companies tens of millions of dollars...
The Impaler (1 month ago)
How we'll get to space? CGI, green screens, etc....
Coco Taveras (2 months ago)
Who do you think will get there first?
Devoted Cetacean (3 months ago)
So. Much. Money. Guess i will settle for actual planes...
Cybernonymous G (3 months ago)
I'd rather do SpaceX but I could only save up for Blue Origin... Meh whatever
JohnJo 3065 (3 months ago)
Elon musk as iron man v Jeff bezos as lex Luther v Richard branson as Justin hammer
Sebastian Hirtl (3 months ago)
My favourite is space x
IAmTehGuy (4 months ago)
Checkmate flat-earthers
Tim Gee (4 months ago)
Woah cool
John James (4 months ago)
I can just about afford to go , but when I get back I will have nowhere to live.
John James (4 months ago)
0:21 Er is it just me or is the shape of BLUE ORIGIN Jeff Bezos way of over compensating? Its ok Jeff you have a wonderful personallity.
The Planet Project (5 months ago)
Spacesex? Virgin Galactic? Are you sure these are rockets and not alien intercourse methods?
Chitralekha Vashishtha (5 months ago)
Any discount?
Tae Tae (5 months ago)
I would say the race is mainly between Virgin galactic and Blue origin. Spacex is their own league rn, competing with the Atlas Rocket and Boeing
Shkooni (5 months ago)
Obviously space x is going to make it first. They already invented perfect landings with the shuttles
Some guy with a Quantum Jail (5 months ago)
I'm certain Blue Origin will make a package system Economy= 4 Minutes Premium Economy= 7 Minutes Buisness Class= 10 Minutes + Drinks First Class= 24 Minutes + Drinks + Luxurious Food Premium= 25 Minutes + Bigger Spacecraft + Luxurious Food + Drinks Ultra Premium= 30 Minutes + Food + Drinks + Space Walk Smh Class Ultra Ultra Premium First Class = 6 Hours + Higher orbit + Luxorius Dinner + Bigger Ship + Space Walk + Beds + Better view Ultra Premium First Class Rich Boi Thousandnare package = 2 Days + Higher Orbit + Docked on a Space Station + Hot Luxorius dinner + Space Bar + Space Walk + Sleeping quarters + Better View + 1 Day N word pass + Butler I just wanna spend time in space package = 1 months/ 3 Months + Food + Drinks + Sleeping quarters + Docked to a space station I wanna be an astronaut package= 7 Months in space + Docked to a space station + Food & Drinks + Space walk + Smoll Sleeping quarters Colonizer= No going back to earth for a couple of years (maybe) + Medal Of Bravery + Statue + Trip to Mars (All needs will be supplied on Mars) *And now we have the death servi...*
Some guy with a Quantum Jail (5 months ago)
Just for the time= 1 Year + Orbit + Docked to New long time space station (All needs will be supplied on space station)
NZT (5 months ago)
Kinda feels like SpaceX has it's goals right. Original purpose is for deeper space exploration, while the technology can also be utilized for tourism and flights. It's got bigger plans and foresight.
xfire7 (5 months ago)
FFS its all a lie. Why do you not think anyone's gone yet ?
qprtom (5 months ago)
Imagine when Ryanair get in on this.
Kørås Kéłœ (6 months ago)
Flat earthers need to fly on this
Jarod Montoya (6 months ago)
Virgin galactic vs chad space x
yeet caac (6 months ago)
I wish people will create a hyperjump engine or something like that
sky 1187 (7 months ago)
$200,000 for a 11 mins? That's ridiculous. Why not an hour or more?
King Wasteman (8 months ago)
Space X is the only relevant company. They’re the only ones that care about humanity, plus they spend their budget wisely rather than constantly wasting it. All the other companies like virgin care about is money. Plus space tourism is bull shit because ur making people spend all that money just to look at the earth. Whereas Elon’s plan is to colonise mars with less of the price, plus he said in the future he’ll make it as cheap as a train/plane ticket
Stephen Burgess (8 months ago)
yep love to travel to Australia on the top of a Missile NOT !!!! Only Virgin could use there space plane as a executive Jet just needs a long runway to land would be good on Trans Pacific flights.
Ragnar6000 (8 months ago)
I would rather go to Recall and have a trip to mars planted in my brain!
Lih Khang Lee (8 months ago)
One thing all these companies have in common: they still have not put a person in space yet.
Random Science (8 months ago)
The u.s. left the chat
MufflePuff (8 months ago)
Yeah, I would only trust Elon.
Youtube_Chrones (8 months ago)
Blue origins looks like a penis or is it just me????
Golden 47 (8 months ago)
Not how we will, but the 1% rich people. Which most likely aren't even watching the video
John michael Mondejar (8 months ago)
Dildo race 😂
Daniel Munch (8 months ago)
SpaceX is not even comparable to these 2 other companies. Pathetic
CJ official (8 months ago)
spaceX then .... the others.
Guero Rodriguez (9 months ago)
I wanna ride the giant dildol!!!!
Display Name (9 months ago)
Why risk going to space when you can simulate or watch it on a 90-inch screen curved television for less than $10,000?
boboprime2000 (9 months ago)
Because you can't simulate minutes of zero G
olivia (9 months ago)
Someday one of them will land on the moon for real, not in Hollywood. ( proven). or the Chinese ?
boboprime2000 (9 months ago)
The moon landings were real
Jeremy Brookes (9 months ago)
Virgin Galactic only yesterday December 13th 2018 have launched VSS Unity which reached 82.7 km officially entering outer space. And intend to start space tours next year including passengers such as Tom Hanks and Leonardo Di Caprio. And Branson himself. @t
Antonio T. (9 months ago)
It is possible 3 or more aliance nasa inclued for 1 big powerful project one day
Timothy Nechville (9 months ago)
You want lower prices $1900.00 gets you first chance to buy a ticket, second chance for the next 1900... I would rather be in a craft that Flies at 60 miles up than one that relies on rocket engines and the will of God.
boboprime2000 (7 months ago)
@Timothy Nechville nah sorry I hate bezos, if anything I'm betting on SpaceX, but if you're as good as you claim you should already have 100% market share by now 🤷🏻‍♂️
Timothy Nechville (7 months ago)
@boboprime2000 So good, boboprime2000 left wondering, if a few dollars might have gotten him the ride of his life? I am good with that bobo, go with Jeff Besos
Timothy Nechville (8 months ago)
and your claiming noway, with out a single fact, formula, right?
boboprime2000 (8 months ago)
@Timothy Nechville no, you're the one claiming to have invented a completely superior way of getting in to space, I'll wait until I see you in the news
Timothy Nechville (8 months ago)
or do you have no education in such things BOBO?
Rap it Twar (9 months ago)
Lmfao misleading title. Space is outside earth not inside the upper atmosphere
Rap it Twar (9 months ago)
Lmfao 😂😂😂 thats not space. Thats the atmosphere.
boboprime2000 (9 months ago)
No it's not
A Day In The Life (9 months ago)
Virgin is a nice design. Low fuel consumption. But not fast enough to orbit. I think it's a good idea.
boboprime2000 (9 months ago)
Virgin and blue origin don't go to orbit at all ...
Nowhereman10 (10 months ago)
Very disappointing that you did not mention anything about Blue Origin's work with the BE-4 methalox engine which will be used to power the first stage of its New Glenn heavylift rocket as well as United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket.
Salgood Sam (11 months ago)
Ah, while we're likely never to even come close to exploring more than our own solar system, we are far from sure space is actaully infinite. There's quite a bit to suggest it finite in fact.
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RobertsDigital (11 months ago)
Space X's idea is the most brilliant Only their rocket can take you far out of the earth's atmosphere and land on another continent that is most distant from US soil in about an hour or less... Only spaceX has a vision/plan for deep space exploration.....the rest are visionless
Parth Patel (11 months ago)
Blue origins gonna waste all that fuel and resources to send someone up there for 4mins tf
Tau Ceti (11 months ago)
Blue Origin will eliminate all the Flat Earthers
Rodney Carpluk (11 months ago)
The best method for this would be to have artificial gravity made, and things like WARP drive. The gravity difference is just too much for the body.
Rodney Carpluk (11 months ago)
Why are they racing to Space? I understand the general desire, but as it is currently, Space travel is inhuman. The few minute tourists rides probably will be ok, maybe some people pass out or throw up. But astronuts who stay months in space have to go through months of rehab when they get back to the surface... They cant drive for a few weeks, and its very rough on the body. They even have to be carried from the space capsule by armies of medical teams. A coloninst going to Mars would have a trip of around 5 months in space. They would require rehab when arriving at the surface, and might not even be able to move for hours. So how are they supposed to make a colony if this is how peoples bodies react to Space? plus no one is going to be there to help them from the ship. This is not well thought through at all. Longer trips will mean more damage to the bodies and even living on Mars, will cuase more alterations and damage to the body to occur. This is serious.
Tice Roose (11 months ago)
1.6 BILLION in a decade? That's either incorrect or a huge dissapointment. If Virgin Galactic already sold 700 tickets, we're already at 0,175 billion. For just about a 100 flights if about 6 to 7 people fit in there. That's only a few months worth of flights. My hunch: that number is way too low. 1.6 billion a YEAR, eventually. But one should hope this thing to take off faster. (pun intented....)
Jared Hart (11 months ago)
It's not even a race, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are drastically behind SpaceX
Brent Smith (11 months ago)
Virgin Galactic moreso than Blue Origin. New Glenn is a pretty serious rocket, and it should fly in the next few years. Virgin don't have anything like that in the pipeline.
Daniel craft (11 months ago)
Proof the earth is not flat
Hassan Ahmed (11 months ago)
The cost is so high, its only for the rich. Only 4/5minutes? 😂. Lets see if virgin galactic can finally do what they claim in 2018, they have delayed their service for many years..
Oohhh to be a gooner (11 months ago)
Most of us in the comments section combined can't afford the tickets
B J (11 months ago)
Red haired Gangstah (11 months ago)
Lul only 4 mins of joy for a whooping $200,000? Id rather buy Tesla Roadster 2 and enjoy my everyday life.
LastWh1spr (11 months ago)
1.60bil a decade isnt much u know. That's 160mil per year which is the average cost of launching 2 Falcon 9s.
Bottle Top Cyanide Pill (1 year ago)
they should be working together
GoveretHQ GoveretHQ (1 year ago)
Oh I can go to space if they made a base in space like Isa (International Space Apartment) or ISH (International Space Hotel (speaking in Russian accent) my father is very rich I can go anywhere I want (
Saturn Productions (1 year ago)
Flat earthers will be destroyed
Pterodactyl Jones (1 year ago)
Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are RoseArt compared to Crayola, which is SpaceX.
Damp potato #36 (1 year ago)
I’d love to see a flattard go up on a blue origin new shepherd rocket.
McDuetchVan (1 year ago)
You forgot blue origins planned rocket. The new Glenn.
Visible Confusion (1 year ago)
this is good because i want you to throw a bunch of flat earthers in there and show them the curvature of the earth in person
Derek Ray Vidana (11 months ago)
Max 007 (1 year ago)
Virgin galactic doesn't count. SpaceX has plans to go to Mars, Vigin Galactic can take you to the stratosphere and thats it. They're not on the same level.
Mr Swamp Gass (1 year ago)
So we are all drinking the same Koolaid?
boboprime2000 (9 months ago)
Flattards for sure are
David Claveau (1 year ago)
When will they stop rockets looking like cocks (reality) and make them look like overies (star trek)
Random guy (1 year ago)
SpaceX is twenty years ahead of everyone else!
GPickle32 (1 year ago)
0:12 I think you mean other billionaires...
Lucky Jazzy (1 year ago)
Air travel probably will change from commercial airlines to commercial air rockets on which travels would only take some minutes or an hour around the world. This is the future innovation of our air travel.
Lucky Jazzy (1 year ago)
SpaceX rockets will be the future of air and space travel. It's how innovation works and our world change a lot. Airplanes would be obsolete in the next 40 years.
Lucas Johnson (1 year ago)
Why the heck don't they just put them into orbit for a few hours or even days? It wouldn't be that much harder than getting to sub-orbit space, and would give far more bang for the buck!
Brent Smith (11 months ago)
"It wouldn't be that much harder than getting to sub-orbit space" Actually it would be a lot harder. It takes around 35 times more energy to get to a proper orbit than a sub-orbital trajectory.
tokeup gaming (1 year ago)
Elon is the only one doing it for human existence and expansion.... these other guys just see money .. Yea let's blow through liquid oxygen and alcohol just for rich people to see the horizon .. but I get it, money brings the ability for more research
Jared Frankle (1 year ago)
I don't think virgin galactic will be sending people up any time soon
boboprime2000 (9 months ago)
You're wrong
Richard Feynman (1 year ago)
SpaceX is the only REAL spaceship of the three
Your Average Brian (1 year ago)
Tbh Blue Origin's rocket looks like a can with wings and a round cap.
Sky Stalker (1 year ago)
If space ex could just stick those landings...
Sky Stalker (1 year ago)
The earth is flat :)
Christopher Hicks (1 year ago)
SpaceX already announced they have a billionaire passenger to go to the moon in 2023 along with I think 5 artists
Muhammad Awais (1 year ago)
space x
fire (1 year ago)
Bruh blue origin's rocket looks like a dildo
Amir Dui (1 year ago)
Virgin Atlantic has a space company Virgin Galactic?
Josh S-TV (1 year ago)
Jesus guide us all, God.
Juan M (1 year ago)
I know a cheaper way
Hyron Harrison (1 year ago)
Musk: im takin yall 2 mars yall! Smokes once... *stocks plummet 9%*
xwingsarecool yt (1 year ago)
I'd spend the money for white knight
LEGEND 25 (1 year ago)
The future is here now guys
Jaden Kipper (1 year ago)
i think elon *S U C C* will beat them all
Mr. Clickbait (1 year ago)
Thanks but I am staying here Cause I can't afford it:(
javier silva (1 year ago)
Mother fuckers and their business, only for the rich I hope they all die
Mayowa Paul (1 year ago)
The earth is flat!!! Do your research
talin nalo (1 year ago)
Maestrul Gamer (1 year ago)
2:41-This is a crazy waste of money.But who am i kidding,since the rich peoples eat gold just to have golden #### in their golden toilets!!!
memelord (1 year ago)
This seems a bit outdated
ProJex Music (1 year ago)
thats me buying a f*ck load of lottery tickets then aha