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World’s richest man blasts off into new era for space tourism

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What do a fireman, an 82-year old and a teenage tourist all have in common? They’ve just blasted off into space with the world’s richest man

Just minutes ago, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos blasted into space. If successful, the historic spaceflight will be the first time ever that humans will go to space without anyone flying the ship.

The New Shepard spacecraft is entirely automated, in what Bezos will hope be a turning point for the future of space tourism.

“We’ve been training. This vehicle’s ready, this crew is ready, this team is amazing. We just feel really good about it,” said Bezos.

The future of space tourism

Not only will the flight be a momentous occasion for Amazon’s billionaire, but also for the future of space tourism.

Unlike traditional spacecraft, these rockets can be used more than just the one time.

Similar to rival billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s Space-X, sustainability is at the core of Blue Origin.

Bezos fulfils a childhood dream

Bezos has been dreaming of going to space for his whole life.

“To see the Earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity,” he said.

“I’m excited. People keep asking me if I’m nervous. I’m not really nervous, I’m curious. I want to know what we’re going to learn.”

Jeff Bezos, founder of amazon

Where can you watch the Blue Origin launch?

The New Shepard launch will be live-streamed from 9:30 pm AEST on the Blue Origin website, with the launch (weather permitting) planned for 11 pm.

Who will be onboard The New Shepard?

This space flight won’t be manned by your usual astronauts.

In fact, the crew includes a female trailblazer pilot, who also happens to be the oldest person to ever go to space.

Wally Funk was one of the 13 female pilots who trained to go to space in the 60s’. She missed the chance back then because she’s a woman.

“It’s going to happen! I’ve waited a long time and I’ve dreamed a long time to get to go up.”

Wally Funk

Oliver Daemen also happens to be the son of Joes Daemen. Joes in the founder & CEO of Netherlands-based private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners.

Also aboard will be the youngest person to ever go to space, a teenager from Denmark. He nabbed the spot largely by luck – an anonymous buyer originally had the spot.

The buyer, who paid $28M for the spot, opted out of the flight due to a “scheduling conflict”.

Of course, billionaire Jeff Bezos will also be joining them, and he’s bringing his little brother Mark along for the ride too. When he’s down in earth, Mark is usually a firefighter.

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  • Keira is the front-page editor at Ticker NEWS. She's previously worked at Reuters in Jakarta, and ABC in Australia. She has a Bachelor of Journalism, specialising in international politics. Keira is particularly interested in writing about politics, technology and human rights.

Keira is the front-page editor at Ticker NEWS. She's previously worked at Reuters in Jakarta, and ABC in Australia. She has a Bachelor of Journalism, specialising in international politics. Keira is particularly interested in writing about politics, technology and human rights.

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Major changes coming to Google on Android

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If your device is running Android 2.3.7 or older, you won’t be able to sign in to your Google account on that device

If you have an Android device that’s running on Android 2.3.7 or older, you won’t be able to sign in to your Google account anymore.

Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps will no longer work on the old devices.

Google says it’s part of ongoing efforts to keep users safe to phase out old technology.

What happens if you miss the deadline?

If you’re on Android 2.3.7 or older after that September 27th deadline, you’ll still be able to use some Google services if you’re logged in on your device’s browser, according to Google.

But Google says devices on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will continue to be able to log in to Google accounts.

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  • Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Lilium takes to Brazillian skies after signing $1 billion deal with Azul

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German electric jet start-up company Lilium announced on Monday that it will be entering a $1 billion commercial deal with Brazilian airline Azul.

Lilium takes to Brazilian skies

The partnership will see 220 of Lilium’s jets, which are designed to take off and land vertically, in Brazillian skies within the next five years.

The initiative is part of a new electric vehicle take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft network which could radically change high speed regional travel for the country.

Daniel Wiegand, Co-Founder and CEO of Lilium says the partnership will bring further success to the Brazilian aircraft company.

“Azul has brought convenient and affordable air travel to underserved markets across the Americas and this makes them an ideal partner for Lilium,” says Wiegand.

“We’re excited to work with Azul’s seasoned team to deploy a co-branded eVTOL network in Brazil.”

The seven-seater jets are expected to cost $4.5 million to produce, according to CNBC who spoke with Alex Asseily, Lilium’s chief strategy officer. 

Additionally, they’re expected to reach speeds of 175 miles an hour, while covering a 155 mile range.

Lilium seven-seater passenger jets to transform travel

Brazil is home to one of the world’s leading civilian helicopter and business aviation markets that sees close to 100 million domestic passengers annually.

Because of this, John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul, says they have the full potential to implement the eVTOL market in the country as the demand for it exists. 

“Our brand presence, our unique route network, and our powerful loyalty program give us the tools to create the markets and demand for the Lilium Jet network in Brazil,” Rodgerson says.

“As we did in the Brazilian domestic market over the last 13 years, we look forward to again, now with the Lilium Jet, working to create a whole new market in the years to come.”

Since Azul’s founding in 2008, Chairman David Neeleman says the Brazilian Aviation market has since doubled with the company, capturing almost 60 percent of the growth. 

“We know how to create and grow new markets, and once again we see a huge market opportunity by bringing the Lilium Jet to Brazil.”

 

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Which tech giant does Elon Musk have his sights set on as a future CEO?

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk will release an autobiography later this year, and one of the stories apparently indicates he wants a new job

Elon Musk is set to release his own book later this year. The autobiography will document his time as the head of Tesla, as well as some insights into his personal life.

One of the featured stories in the book reportedly will be about how Musk wants to one day take over the stop spot at Apple.

Last month Musk said he hates running Tesla, and would much prefer to spend his time designing and engineering.

Elon Musk doesn’t want to be CEO of Tesla

This comes after Tesla’s billionaire founder spoke at the start of a trial last month. The firm’s board members accused him of pressuring them into a multi billion dollar deal to buy a solar panel firm.

During the court hearings, Musk said he’d much rather be in a design capacity at Tesla compared to running the company.

He’s also denied exerting pressure on board members, saying that the deal was part of a “master plan” to create affordable vehicles with green power supplies.

Shareholders want Musk to repay Tesla the $2.6bn in full.

If they are successful, it would be one of the largest ever judgements against an individual.

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