Virgin Galactic Chairman Cashes Out Entire Personal Stake in Space Tourism Company

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The chairman of space tourism company Virgin Galactic, Chamath Palihapitiya, has sold his entire personal stake in the company for $211 million, according to a new regulatory filing with the SEC made public on Friday and first noticed by Bloomberg News.

E3 2021's in-person event has been canceled, according to city tourism board

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Virgin Galactic offers a peek inside SpaceShipTwo in VR, making its case in the space tourism race

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This comes amid a rivalry with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and fellow billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX for shares of a space tourism market that’s expected to grow to $3 billion annually by 2030.

Space tourism sounds fun. But it could be terrible for the planet.

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Companies including SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Space Adventures want to make space tourism more common. Space travel has environmental costs. For research, it might be worth it. To send Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and other wealthy tourists into orbit? That’s debatable.

Amazon jumps into virtual tourism, offering live one-on-one experiences around the world

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At left, Hongying Tang of HQ Tourism Services points to the Saint Lawrence River during a virtual tour of Quebec City as part of the Amazon Explore beta. This is the evolution of tourism, at least in Amazon’s world.

Japanese Billionaire Making a Stop on the ISS Before His Big Trip to the Moon on Elon's Rocket

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Electric ship sets sustainable tourism standard, eliminating noise and pollution

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Brim Explorer is a hybrid electric ship packed with 800 kilowatt hours of batteries, which means it can cruise the waters for 10 hours on 100 percent sustainable electricity.

The potential beyond the threshold of space tourism: hypersonic travel, solar system colonization and more

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I was just interviewed on ABC TV about the news that Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is going public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia, to be the first publicly listed space tourism company. Branson does not seem to be quite as grandiose in his aims but is clearly looking beyond the space tourism business.

The future of travel and tourism: safe adventures, real-time guidance, and new frontiers

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Last week, as part of the ongoing weekly future series on the Morning Show, I spoke about the future of travel and tourism. A massive rise in sustainable tourism , with low impact hotels and activities and the opportunity to observe rare species. Medical tourism continuing to grow, supported by ageing populations and soaring costs of medical attention in developed countries.

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Nails Its First Space Flight in Two Years

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Japanese Billionaire Who Bought Tickets on SpaceX's Starship Announces 8 Seats Are Up for Grabs

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Virgin Galactic Aborts New Mexico Launch Because of Rocket Motor Issues

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Nearly two years after its last flight, Virgin Galactic—the space tourism venture founded by Richard Branson, another billionaire who loves space—aborted the scheduled test launch of its SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into suborbital space today because of an issue with its rocket motor.

A Mysterious Bidder Just Paid $28 Million to Fly to Space With Jeff Bezos on July 20

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Unlike Airbnb, Vrbo Reportedly Won't Cancel D.C. Bookings During Inauguration Week

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Defeat of Bathroom Bill Saved $7.4 Billion Tourism Economy, Says VisitDallas CEO

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Jones predicted that if the bathroom bill had passed, it would have crippled the Texas tourism economy. Billion Tourism Economy, Says VisitDallas CEO appeared first on Smart Meetings. More than 26.7 million people visited Dallas in 2016, adding an estimated $7.4 billion to the city’s economy. Event professionals bring their groups for the world-class restaurants, museums and super-sized facilities. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center alone offers more than 1 million sq. of space.

Airbnb Would Just Love It if You Could Just Postpone Your Orgy Until Next Year

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Richest Man on Earth to Become Richest Man in Space

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Watch Live as Blue Origin Performs an ‘Astronaut Rehearsal’ and Suborbital Rocket Test

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Bernie Sanders: Hard Pass on Giving Jeff Bezos Billions for Space Travel

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Blue Origin Announces Launch Date for First Crewed Flight of New Shepard

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NASA Suspends SpaceX’s Work on Lunar Lander Until Complaints Over Contract Are Resolved

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Axiom Space Now Has a Crew for the First Commercial Mission to the ISS

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NASA Selects SpaceX to Build Upcoming Lunar Lander

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SpaceX has won a lucrative NASA contract to build the first lunar lander since the Apollo program. The announcement comes as a big surprise, as the Elon Musk-led company beat out a pair of promising competitors, including Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin. Read more.

Bidding for the first journey on Blue Origin’s suborbital spaceship exceeds $2 million

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Space Blue Origin New Shepard space tourismBlue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship ascends from its West Texas launch pad for a January test flight. Blue Origin via YouTube).

Jeff Bezos says he’ll ride with Blue Origin’s first space passengers in July

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Try before you fly: Orbite sets schedule for luxurious astronaut orientation sessions

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” Space Jason Andrews Nicolas Gaume Orbite space tourism TravelOrbite’s director of astronaut training, Brienna Rommes, enjoys a zero-G airplane flight. Orbite Photo). Wanna take a ride to space?

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin promise details coming next week for how to buy first seat on spaceflight

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Billionaire commander and future space crewmates bond during Mount Rainier trek

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” Space Inspiration4 Jared Isaacman Mount Rainier space tourism SpaceXInspiration4 crewmates Christopher Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux revel in their visit to Mount Rainier. Inspiration4 Photo / John Kraus).

Blue Origin puts its first passenger seat on suborbital spaceship up for charity auction

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Space Blue Origin New Shepard space tourismBlue Origin’s New Shepard crew capsule is designed to send up to six people to the edge of space and back. Blue Origin Photoillustration).

Russian space officials say Space Adventures has struck a deal to let a customer do a spacewalk

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship aces uncrewed rehearsal for crewed flight to space

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Virgin Galactic downplays rumblings about a suborbital Branson vs. Bezos space race

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Blue Origin’s stand-in spacefliers rehearse roles, then watch their rocket rise to space

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Seattle-area engineer and Arizona teacher join billionaire’s crew for charity space trip

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Space Perspective reboots vision of flying passengers to stratosphere on a balloon

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Tech tycoon buys SpaceX flight to orbit, sets aside seats for sweepstakes winner (and a fellow techie)

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OceanGate gets set for dives to Titanic while overcoming the complications of COVID-19

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” Science History OceanGate Submarines Submersibles Titan sub Titanic tourismOceanGate’s Titan submersible is getting an extreme makeover for Titanic trips. OceanGate Photo). Everett, Wash.-based

Former Spaceflight CEO and French entrepreneur join forces to launch astronaut training startup

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Greece Will Open to International Tourists but Ban Travelers From Covid-19 Hotspots Like U.S.

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Here's What New Zealand Did Today After Two Months of Coronavirus Lockdown

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ERP: How Does This Software Benefit the Travel Industry?

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ERP automates various business operations, making it a valuable resource in the travel and tourism sector. This software streamlines day-to-day processes, such as payroll, lead generation, reporting and human resources management, and provides travel agents, hoteliers and tour operators with the resources they need to manage their businesses. Here are some of the benefits

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Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Visit the Titanic Wreck for $125,000

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The pandemic has hit the tourism industry especially hard over the past year, but starting in May of 2021, those itching to travel again—at least straight down—will have the opportunity to visit the most infamous shipwreck of all time.

This 3D virtual tour lets you explore historical Egyptian sites – Future Blink

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Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is offering free virtual tours of Egyptian sites for those stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.