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"alan boyle" Discussed on KUOW Newsroom
"And this is k. u. o. w. I'm kim malcolm the first ever. All civilian crew is set to launch into space tomorrow night for three day mission and one of the lucky flyers is a man from everett to learn more about this historic mission. We're joined by allan boyle contributing editor at geekwire alan. Welcome back to kyw thank you. So the rocket and spacecraft involved here their own by spacex. This is the private company of course owned by billionaire. Elon musk can you. Just give us the nuts and bolts about how this particular flight came together. Well it all started with another billionaire. Named jared isaac mun who has always been interested in aviation and he was interested in investing with spacex and when he asked the people at spacex about that they said well. We're not ready to let you in on this funding round but if you're interested in flying into space we can sell you a flight. And so that's what happened is that he decided to purchase a flight and then turn it into a fundraiser for saint jude's children's research hospital well and how much did he pay for. The flight is not saying. But some people have speculated that it's in the range of two hundred million dollars and in response to that he says well it's not two hundred million dollars. It's less than that. But he's never said how much it is interesting and he's not going up alone. Of course at who is he going with well instead of taking Some of his buddies from college or whatever He established a couple of competitions and also selected someone from saint jude's hospital to go with them a cancer survivor who is a physician's assistant at saint. Jude's right now and she is going to be the youngest american to go into space at the age of twenty nine the other. Two people are Educator from arizona and an engineer from everett washington yes a local man tells more about him and how he got this ticket. Well this is chris dombroski and it's interesting that He was selected through a sweepstakes. They put a sweepstakes to benefit saint. Jude's and at the more that you contributed to the hospital the more chances you got to win and so chris entered this contest but he did not win Instead one of his friends one and for whatever reason and we don't know the reason. This person nominated chris to go instead. And so chris was just totally surprised to find out that his buddy basically gave him a free flight to space. Oh if only we all had buddies like that no kidding just imagine even a year ago. He had probably no idea that this was even the realm of possibility for him. Not an idea. He is a space nerd. He's been to space camp. And he's an amateur astronomer. Data engineer at lockheed martin working out of everett. But i'm sure just like you and me. You would never have thought that you'd be. You'd be plucked out to do the sort of thing. So i'll tommy when they're up. There is their work that they're going to have to do or can they. Just hang out and enjoy the view. Well there is work and there's a lot of work that went into getting ready for this flight. It is space flight and so you really have to do some things to make sure that the space craft is on track. It's dragon spacecraft and it's mostly flown autonomously. But you have to be ready in case. The computer has a problem and so. That's what a lot of the training is about. And a lot of the work that went into preparing for this flight during the flight itself there are going to be doing all sorts of things. Doing scientific studies the effects of zero g on human health. And of course they're going to be spending a lotta time looking out the window taking in the view and doing all the things that you'd wanna do if you were to go into space you know ellen. There's we're just at the beginning of of what people are calling the space tourism industry and we've got another local connection here of course amazon founder. Jeff bezos and his company blue origin. Looking at this happening now. Where do you think the space tourism industry could be going. Well the flights that jeff bezos and another billionaire. Richard branson took our sub-orbital in nature. It's basically up and down ride. This is an orbital flight that goes higher than any spacecraft has gone with people inside since the apollo era and so this is another level And the fact that these are ordinary people. They've been through months of training but they are not professional. Astronauts is a very significant thing for space tourism and for citizen spaceflight. Whatever you wanna call it. A lot of people see this as a major step toward Having spaceflight become more affordable for regular people and not just for billionaires. Would you go up if you had a chance. I say that. I would you know when it comes right down to it. I'd probably wanna do all the things that The people on this inspiration for flight of done you know. Ask your family check into your insurance and your will and testament but I would do it. I think i would write the check in on your your billionaire. Friends and see. See what they've got planned for the future. Alan boyle is a contributing editor at he also writes at cosmic log dot com allen. Thanks so much as always thank you for having me..
"alan boyle" Discussed on Week In Review
"I heard something beautiful about this. From the space reporter at geekwire alan boyle was on seattle. Now with kyw's patricia murphy. Listen to them honestly. This is truly exciting and it sounds extraordinary. You must be excited. As it's based journalist i come on i'm a i'm a about it. You know it is wild to see the things that people have talked about for two decades. I've been following this story about commercial spaceflight for two decades and it is wild to see that multiple teams are actually turning it into a reality but on the other hand i like the science fiction side of it and i'm almost sad to see it not be science fiction anymore. I don't know if you can get bad but it's no longer this wonderful dream. It's a reality. And all the things that come with reality including competition and bad feelings between business executives and cutthroat deals. And it's getting real today. Anyone else find that. As human and relatable as i did why i love how she the patricia says. You must be excited. And then he's sort of decidedly not a of a friend who's a the space reporter as well. Who thought you know what wasn't really covered this trip. Actually i mean. I'm sure they did everything they could to make sure the cowboy guy comes back safely but there were some actual risks involved and nobody really talked that much about. I don't know what the percentage are but that it wasn't a guaranteed go up and down safely. there were some. there were some people holding their breath for sure. I hope we don't see that that cowboy hat in the next you know sci-fi movie I do without the the big cowboy hat. We see one bomb and falling dr strangelove. That is true except when when a politician goes to another country and wears their native garb he was in texas right. Wasn't he trying to be but it's not just not okay. So the reason i liked alan boils distinction between fiction and reality. He loves the fiction. Is that it helped. I felt like it helped me understand geek. Culture more because i've always liked science fiction and and star trek and the hobbit but i was never one of those people who memorize the acronyms in the starship. Enterprise registry and witch weapon the more goth brought to his battle with finn golfing. Because who cares. It's not real and i am. But maybe people who love to geek out. They love how real it is. And i really like alan boyle. And he knows what he's talking about. I thought that was a cool moment of reflection. Well let's pause there shall we. Unfortunately we go from there to. You probably have to come down very far before you can see from space. What's happening to the western united states right now. In fact even eastern united states the smoke is drifting across the whole country talking about our wildfires this week. America's worst air.
"alan boyle" Discussed on Seattle Now
"Best players have already been taken off the table. At least we think that's how it works. We're pretty new to hockey here at seattle now. So we'll have a whole show coming this week trying to explain. Seattle based blue origin will launch. Its first passenger trip to space tomorrow. With jeff bezos himself on board the flight will kick off blue origin. Space tourism program and the hype around this thing has everything including a feud with competing space. Faring billionaire richard branson last week. He was on the first passenger flight by his company. Virgin galactic alan. Boyle is here to tell us more about this space race and the big personalities onboard. He's a longtime space and science journalist contributing editor to geekwire and co host of the fiction. Science podcast hey allen. Thanks for joining us. Thanks glad to be here really glad to have you. So you have branson's company virgin galactic and jeff bezos is company blue origin. Both getting ready to offer these passenger flights to space. Let's talk about what it is actually like to go to space. What happens on one of these flights. Okay well the experience is different for virgin. Galactic as opposed to blue origin. Virgin galactic has a rocket plane. That looks a little bit like a high tech Airplane that is carried up to an altitude of about forty five thousand feet on a carrier airplane and so like the first forty five minutes of space tourists flight is making that assent in what feels like an airplane up to an altitude of forty five thousand feet and then the plane is dropped from the belly of the carrier airplane. The rocket motor is lit up. And you've got a minute of huge acceleration as that rocket engine pushes you up past the fifty mile mark and then at the top of the ride when the rocket motor turns off. And you have this feeling of weightlessness. It's just because of the way that the vehicle behaves when it's in free flight it's not like oh gee i'm an outer space of course i'm waiting because of that. It's because of the trajectory of the plane and so for four minutes or so you're in freefall. Basically it's like you're falling from a building but you're inside a rocket plane and you get to see the curving earth beneath the black sky space. And that's the big moment and then you have to get back into your seat because when you hit the atmosphere again you have another jolt of acceleration of several. Jeez and so. It's like a roller coaster. Ride now the brew blue origin experience is different instead of coming down to a gliding landing as the virgin galactic rocket plane. Does you go up on a vertically. Launched rocket you have a rocket booster. That's beneath your capsule and that pushes you up to sixty two miles or one hundred kilometers. That's the boundary that that blue origin shooting for at that point. It's a little bit similar that you do have a fall experience. You get out of your seat. You unhooked the straps you can float around. You can look through some big picture windows the biggest picture. That's right there. They've got bigger windows than virgin galactic. So you know. There's a little bit of envy going on here but it's similar in that for those few minutes you can float around and Then you strap back into your seats. You feel that g force as you go back through the atmosphere and in this case the parachutes open. You're not glide into blinding in a in a plane. You are coming down in a capsule at the end of a parachute the retro rockets fire briefly. Just before you land and then you're back in the west. Texas range lend somebody drives out and picks you up and hopefully they've got some champagne waiting for you. What an absolutely incredible experience. I'm going to speak for the terrified. Majority out here who will probably never be able to afford let alone set foot on a spaceflight. This sounds so exciting. Why is it important though because so few people will be able to attain this. Why does this matter right now. Well all these people. Whether it's jeff bezos richard branson or elon. Musk they have bigger visions for what spaceflight is going to mean in the long run elon. Musk the things that he's doing. A set the stage for sending people to mars and making humanity into a multi planet species for jeff bezos. It's the idea of having millions of people living in working in space and that this is an initial step in fact. The capsule for this flight is called first step. That's the actual name of the spaceship and this is the way you'd things usually work in. Technology is that the first flights are pretty expensive. It's pretty exclusive Virgin galactic has talked about getting things down to the suv level where taking spaceflight would cost roughly the same as buying an suv. And so it's not something that somebody is just going to do On the spur of the moment. And it's not something you're gonna do every year but for some people that's going to be worth saving up for and doing the light once in a lifetime experience and the knowledge and the revenue gain from those ventures would be put into creating the next steps toward you know building an infrastructure in space building an economy having space settlements on the moon. You know that whole thing that that is supposed to lead to having a spacefaring civilization and the sorts of things that we read about in science fiction. So you gotta start somewhere and this is where these billionaire. Space geeks are starting. You talked a little. Bit about elon. Musk and spacex here. Where is he on his trajectory to getting something out in space well. Last year spacex began flying nasa astronauts to the international space station on their crew dragon spaceships and now elon. Musk and spacex are working on a much larger launch system called starship and that is going to be a huge rocket that is supposedly going to be capable of sending people and payloads to the moon. They recently won. A contract word from nasa for For sending the first astronauts to the lunar surface since the apollo era and that could happen as early as twenty twenty four although twenty twenty five or twenty twenty six is is much more likely and then starship would be used eventually to launch people to settle on mars. That is kind of the big idea that elon. Musk has for the decade ahead. Wow so there's lots to look forward to. Wow that is absolutely fascinating. And i know that you know. We're making a lot of. Hey here right now about how the ordinary individual could not experience something like this but honestly this is truly exciting and it sounds extraordinary. You must be excited as space journalist. I come on a. I'm of two minds about it. you know. It is wild to see the things that people have talked about for two decades. I've been following this story about commercial spaceflight for two decades and it is wild to see that multiple teams are actually turning it into a reality but on the other hand i like the science fiction side of it and i'm almost sad to see it not be science fiction anymore. I don't know if you can get that but it's no longer this wonderful dream. It's a reality. And all the things that come with reality including competition and and bad feelings between business executives and cutthroat deals and it's.
"alan boyle" Discussed on GeekWire - Geared Up
"This when you look at the span of everything you've covered in the transition from asset to commercial spaceflight for example in the us. Where does this month fit in. How important is this month in terms of a milestone in the evolution of humanity's quest to explore space while i think it's a turning point that For a long time. I had talked about the two year rule in private commercial. Spaceflight that The the era when Regular folks find space always seems to be two years away but now it's Less than two weeks away perhaps and so. I think that's a that's a big deal. It's a big deal for the business of spaceflight and so strangely enough. I am feeling like this is just becoming a business and for people who are well-versed in science fiction and all that and and love star wars and star trek Maybe it loses a little bit of an appeal because Now it's it's just a business and and the filthy lucre is entering into the picture. And so i'm of two minds about that I i'm kinda sad that it's no longer science fiction strangely enough but i guess the day that We all had been thinking was coming someday down. The road is really approaching is dates on the calendar. So that's interesting. We were joking earlier about the tablets on the blue and capsule looking like kindle. But what you just said reminded me about the original inspiration for alexa. The star trek computer was what amazon was essentially trying to create an of course. Jeff bezos is of abbott star trek. Fan do we know if alexis going to be on the flight. I don't think so. But i wouldn't be surprised if there was a alexa co-pilot on their during a future flight. They probably have to get that equipment. Certified and get the cloud connection working. But i'm sure amazon web services will be able to work on that alexis start the countdown alexa blast off. Or how are we track. And just hope that she hears you correctly all right allen. I'm going to let you go. But i want to ask. It's always interesting to know you're going to be covering this in the moment as it happens. What are you going to be looking for. What are you thinking about things. You're gonna be trying to answer as this flight happens open questions. Oh gosh when you're in it you just kinda ride the wave of the future and So i i'm actually looking at this with some trepidation. I i keep thinking about the logistical problems. And so i'm a little bit too close to the ground but i think that The big issue is you know how. How jeff basis is going to fit into this industry. He's not the most loved person whether it comes to a retail or space. And a lotta people just think that he hasn't really done anything compared to elon. Musk he does not have the sort of fan base that other billionaires in the space business have. And so i. I think that's kind of the meta question is a now that jeff bezos has step down his amazon ceo Is he going to be focusing more on. This is going to be something where he is really going to accelerate things for blue origin. Or is it kind of going to be the same slow and steady approach that he's taken for the last twenty years and so that's the meta question involved in so i will reserve a little spot in my brain for that but i think most of my brain is just going to be. How am i going to get this story. Covered and filed in updated and And then worry about the future when the future comes alan boyle is a longtime space and science reporter. He is a contributing editor. At geekwire he writes at cosmic log dot com as well you can follow him on twitter at be zero. Why l. e. And be sure to check out speaking of science fiction his podcast that he co hosts fiction science which is excellent. And you do great interviews on their bridging this world of fiction and the vision of the future as seen in popular media and books with the reality that we're now seeing an and i really enjoy your show and i will say that the next fiction science podcast Actually the next one after the next one is going to touch upon basis as flight and its meaning so stay tuned for that. Allan thank you very much. Thank you our podcast producer. Is kurt milton. Our theme music is by daniel. L k caldwell i'm geekwire co founder. Todd bishop we'll be back this weekend with our regular weekly show and alan boyle will be covering the blue origin launch for geekwire next week from van horn texas. Thanks for listening everybody. And we'll talk to you next time..
"alan boyle" Discussed on GeekWire - Geared Up
"That was technology. Journalist wilson rothman and me during a two thousand thirteen group interview at amazon's headquarters about the kindle fire hd coach featuring amazon and blue origin founder jeff bezos and his signature laugh. And here we are. Apparently the answer was s effectively. Well i don't know how they're going to do the branding but it sure looked a lot like kindle fire tablet to me. That's fascinating all right. Well i know that sub orbital space is just the first destination for jeff bezos and blue origin. I want to ask you when we come back about. What's next after this including the moon you're listening to geekwire and we will be right back Welcome back it's todd bishop. I'm talking this week with space. And science reporter. Alan boyle allan this trip on july twentieth will be closely watched. I know but it is not the final destination. Jeff bezos has made it clear to you and to others that he wants humanity to go to the moon and as he says this time to stay in a phrase that always strikes me as aspiring to be jfk. Ask but that's neither here nor there. Where does that stand. Where does the blue moon mission for blue origin. Stand as of today. And where is it headed next. Well before i get into that. I thought i should mention Orbital space tourism were. Let's let's go out In succeeding stages Right now blue origin is not doing orbital space tourism. But we do have a couple of events coming up where there's Do to be spacex flight of Four people going to orbit. They're not going to the international space station but it's for charity. It's for the saint jude children's research hospital. The mission is called inspiration for and that is due to launch as early as september and a billionaire. Ceo named jerick. Isaac men is paying for this flight. Then there's another flight organized by axiom. Space the crew is flying on a spacex crew dragon. This time they will go to. The international space station and three passengers who are all wealthy business executives are are paying to take this ride and so that is supposed to happen in early twenty twenty two and so you do have that in the background just to kinda fill out the picture of space tourism and allen. Just so i can get a sense for the scale we were talking about. How many miles branson go. And how many debates us go and then how much further do they need to go for actual orbital space travel. Okay so. Richard branson went above the fifty mile. Mark something like fifty three miles in altitude Jeff bezos and his crew are due to go above the one hundred kilometer mark. That's sixty two miles for the orbital. Flights the international space station is at about two hundred and fifty miles of altitude and the inspiration for flight is supposed to fly to an altitude. That's higher than the international space station So those are the scales that were talking about for for those flights. So that takes us into orbit. I wanna go to the moon Something like two hundred and fifty thousand miles And actually We've been talking about spacex. And i mentioned spacex starship and so. There's a japanese billionaire You saw kumai who is paying to take a flight around the moon in a spacex starship and that may happen as early as twenty twenty three if you can believe it We'll have to listen to this. Podcast in a couple of years and see how close spacex came to that schedule. So that's the space tourism flight. Basically but what. Jeff bezos and blue origin have been vying with elon. Musk and spacex about is nasa flights to the moon landing astronauts on the moon in what's known as the artem ass- Space program and that's supposed to happen as early as twenty twenty four and so Nasa had a competition where they Ask teams to come up with proposals. To develop a lunar lander that could put those astronauts on the moon in kind of the final leg of their journey to the moon and then bring them back up and blue origin worked with several other companies lockheed martin and draper and northrop grumman on a proposal spacex proposed. Its starship supermarket another team from a company. Called dianetics assembled some partners and made their own proposal but the only problem was that congress appropriate for this not nearly as much money as nasa was looking for an so nasa had suggested in advance that they might select two finalists to work on landers and it turned out they only selected one which was spacex and so that led to a couple of bid protests from blue origin and dianetics and the government accountability. Office's is considering those protests right now and so that's that's a big issue. That thousand are multibillion dollar contracts and It really does match. With jeff bezos vision of going to the moon and setting up a city there and and using that as the first beachhead in space settlements that could lead to what has been called the great intrusion where we're heavy industry. All of a sudden is being done off. Earth and In jeff bezos vision. That frees up earth for you know residential and light industries zoning instead of having all these polluting industries on earth you can have them in space and that will you know help with the environmental situation on earth So that's different from elon musk's vision which sees we've got to get to mars and develop a civilization there just in case a giant asteroid or a pandemic or or some other catastrophe its earth. We still have mars that we can cling to an end because humanity would become a multi planetary species. We'd be kind of covering are bits. It's sort of like a cosmic insurance policy. That's great really good big picture i want to zoom back down to sub orbital space as we talk about this milestone coming up on july twentieth. Do you think it's a coincidence that this is taking place after. Jeff bezos stepped down as amazon. Ceo given the fiduciary responsibilities and liabilities of somebody who heads up a huge public company. Like that i think. That was a factor in the timing. I don't know how far in advance. Jeff bezos plans these things. I suspect that he does plan them out. Quite a ways in advance and so. I don't think that he would decide to get on the flight if he were still the. Ceo of amazon. I think that was a factor in his calculations that he wanted to pass things over. Because there is some uncertainty with this and I think that it would be something that Stockholders might question if he were in the scene role role and taking a flight. Where he he could. You know god forbid but there is a chance of death. So i think that was a factor allen. I'm assuming that you're not the mystery. Space flyer who may the twenty eight million dollar bid by in There's there's been a lot of speculation that that somebody else maybe even elon. Musk put in the high bid and that he's going to select somebody to fly so if that's the case ilan hasn't called me up yet so he's waiting until the last minute but if that person doesn't show up i'm ready to climb on board most. Well you've certainly got the expertise if not the physical training. I don't know maybe you've been secretly your time with jeff at the gym. I don't know how long until spaceflight and space tourism becomes financially accessible to the rest of us. Well i think that the ad virgin galactic. They've talked about the suv standard where they do want to get to the point where it costs as much to book a sub orbital spaceflight as it does to buy an suv you know something in their fifty thousand dollar range but that's going to be a long while because The price for virgin galactic flight had been two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. And now there's talk that It will increase a pretty substantially when the ticket window is opened. again it's been closed since Two thousand eighteen and so they have not been officially doing sales. They've been taking deposits from people who are interested in someday buying a ticket and and so they do have a lot of pent-up demand but in in light of the twenty eight million dollar bid for sub orbital flight. That's another indication that they there's going to be some room left at the top of the market for for people to buy this and so I think it's probably going to be five or ten years before it gets to the suv standard allen. Knowing you i know that space is more than just your beat. It's one of your life's passions pursuing knowledge and insight about.
"alan boyle" Discussed on GeekWire - Geared Up
"I think it says that he's anxious to prove that it is a successful and reliable Spacecraft it has gone through fifteen tests in autonomous mode. And that's how this space craft is designed to fly. There is not technically a pilot sitting at the controls. Inside that spacecraft that everything is controlled tottenham asli and so to some extent. It's like Testing an elevator. Fifteen times And then determining that the elevator is safe. And then okay. Let's put people on it and maybe the boss will get on it as well and it demonstrates to a potential customers that there's a lot of confidence in this vehicle and i think that's probably important for jeff as as well that they have not officially opened up the ticket window and haven't said how much it's going to cost to ride on new shepherd and i have a feeling that jeff is going to be anxious to actually get some customers. Going virgin galactic was able to sell Six hundred seats already and so they already have a customer base. That will keep them busy for a while. I think with blue origin. It's more important to really get customer sales going sooner rather than later especially since there are facing competition from virgin galactic. And i'm sure. Jeff bezos will give it a five star review. If he comes for sure yeah. Click on that if you like this. Maybe you'll like the moon right. Well this is as you said. A first step and some of these moves are pointing toward a larger market for space tourism. And i wanna ask you about that when we get back. You're listening to geekwire. It's todd bishop. I'm talking with alan boyle space and science reporter about jeff bezos flight. Coming up with his space venture blue origin..
"alan boyle" Discussed on GeekWire - Geared Up
"From the perspective of longtime space journalist alan boyle joining us to talk about the latest developments in the commercial space races allen boil a longtime space and science journalist and a contributing editor acquire allen. It's great to have you here. Thank you todd. catch me up. I've been monitoring the news reading your stories but this space race between jeff bezos. Richard branson elon. Musk in different. Areas has become almost too quick for me to keep up with. We have a big milestone coming up on july twentieth. With jeff bezos. Set the scene for us if you would. What's happening this month. And what does it mean in the broader context of commercial space. Well there's a lot going on. I mean you could talk about Everything from boeing star liner due to take another flight to the international space station. Or you can talk about spacex planning its starship tests and kicking that up a notch. So i think we're going to have to confine ourselves to sub orbital space tourism. Otherwise we start getting into something like four dimensional chess on star trek level. And that is complicated enough so We've got jeff bezos and richard branson. Jeff bezos has been working on the blue origin venture for more than twenty years. Richard branson has been thinking about going to space for long longtime much more than twenty years. He got virgin galactic to start working on spaceship to In two thousand four after the spaceship one flight that microsoft co founder. Paul allen was involved in and so he's been working for seventeen years and he finally did get his trip to space On spaceship two It's called vs s unity virgin spaceship and that was a big media. Event that has taken people above the fifty mile altitude mark which the faa and virgin galactic considers the boundary of space It's been there before but this time the boss who happens to be a billionaire flu and so you have to make a big deal out of that and so jeff bezos is turned is coming up That he has the blue origin new. Shepard spaceship which has done fifteen on crude flights. This would be the first flight with people aboard which Kicks it up a notch for jeff bazo sits It's been tested. But it hasn't been tested with people flying on board when they light up the rocket engine. And so that'll be interesting and his brother is going to be aboard. Wally funk who was one of the mercury thirteen women who were tested for spaceflight in the early days of the of the nasa space effort. She's going to be on board and there's a mystery flyer Who knows by the time this year. This podcast That person might be revealed. And that person is benefiting from a twenty eight million dollar high bid in an auction with the proceeds going to blue origins educational charity. And so there's lots of drama about this people talk about a billion aerospace race There have been. There's been some sniping back and forth. And jeff bezos has said that you know a hundred kilometers or sixty. Two miles is actually the boundary of space. Fifteen miles just means that virgin galactic so-called spaceship is a high flying aeroplane. So you get into a little bit of that They've been More cordial in recent days and so. I think that it's easy to overstate the billionaire. Space race aspect of this. But you know we're human and they're human too they have egos like everybody else and so that plays into it too and that adds to the interest so sorry to go on so long but i think that kind of covers the waterfront perfect allen. Let's talk about this. In the context of jeff bezos life his evolution as a technology executive and the leader of commercial space venture. This in many ways is something that jeff bezos has said blue origin will be his greatest contribution to the planet. His most important project even more so than amazon. He's told you that personally and some interviews that you've done with him given that context what's the significance of this flight for him personally on july twentieth. I think that there's a little bit of redemption here because blue origin. And jeff bezos have been working on this and other projects for a long time. And it's a little bit elusive to see the payoff from from all that He's working on Orbital class rocket called new glen which has been delayed. Blue origin competed in a couple of high profile competitions for a government contracts from nasa or the us space force and they lost out on those So new shepherd is really going to be a signal success in and probably the highest success that blue origin has encountered in. It's more than twenty years of existence. And so i think that this is going to be something that if it works as jeff bezos hopes it well and as it looks as if it will then it is a sign. That blue origin has actually achieve. Something having to do with human spaceflight high profile spaceflight and If they can turn this into more successes than jeff bezos is vision has a much better chance of Coming to how risky is this personally. For jeff in other words literally. Is there a risk of death. Yeah there is a risk of death that that's always the case when you have something that says explosive as a rocket ship that you're dealing with and It was risky for richard branson. Even though that rocket plane has been tested there there are three people lost their lives in ground test and one test pilot died in the course of testing spaceship to and so it is risky and blue origin. New shepard space craft has Escape system if something goes wrong. During the assent of the rocket there is a solid rocket motor that is supposed to light up and pushed the passengers to safety in case emergency occurs. But it's still rocket science and There are things that can go wrong and especially with this flight. I think there's a lot more attention to it because this is the first one to fly with people on it. Yeah that's what strikes me that is in contrast said with richard branson. Did why do you think. Jeff bezos decided. It was important to be on this first flight. What does it say about him..
"alan boyle" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Earlier. Why? Why does the city tow cars? Why is the winter parking ban in effect even when there is no snow. Not a stuff like to be found, but it's still in effect. It's been that way for years and years. My question was why What do you think is the answer, and we're awarding a retro WGN shirt to the person with the best answer. Alan Boyle may not have the best answer. Maybe he does. He's with Black Club Chicago, and he's been covering the winter parking band that went into effect December 1st every year, Colin. It's a sad reality. 232 people woke up and then they couldn't find their car this morning, right? Yeah, That's unfortunate reality that you know, we've been stricken with every year here in Chicago, the lifelong Chicago and I feel for the people here that I was interacting with this morning at the pound. Yeah, I wanna ask you about this before. I forget. I got to say congrats to you because you're with black Club Chicago. Now, as you're on staff there, and I know you've been checking in with us since you're at northwestern months ago. Andre kind of working there part time or something, but congrats on the new gig. Thank you so much. I couldn't I couldn't do without. You know, the beautiful city behind me in front of me as well? Obviously, Chicago and, yeah, I just finished up at the Indy star. Did the fellowship there and I'm so thankful to be back home in Chicago. Now serving our city full time with Block Club. Chicago's A photographer and a reporter. So yeah, it's awesome Touch going forward. Yeah, I hope so, too. You've done some great work, and your photography is amazing. I know you said. You learn from your mom and your grandma, So it's really It's just called the legacy there. But okay back to the printer parking man you've been interviewing interviewing folks overnight and It wasn't a movie, Dude, Where's my car? I seem to remember that it was what it was like. Where's my car? But that was a different situation. This is that was not the city towing them. In this case, they wake up and what did they say? You talked to him and they just said, Jeez, I forgot what that imagine. That's it. Yeah. Yeah. So I was out at the pound this morning in Humboldt Park, and I talked to a few folks there It was just a matter of you know, people are like, Oh, you know, I forgot that today as if they were looking back yesterday. They thought that they forgot that tomorrow as in today would be December. 1st like, Oh, it's Till November and people lost track of time I talked to one gentleman who just came up with a 16 hour work shift that he was pooped and then woke up six hours later without a car. And in the car had his phone charger so he didn't have a phone to work with. Talkto. Hello, Lovely woman from as water who Mister flights. You go take care of her daughter in law, who is battling ovarian cancer because she didn't have any parking on her street in Edgewater said she parked in divine last night, though. It's the unfortunate reality that we're we face every year. But you know, this really comes at a tough time. You know where everyone's just makes so much more than people even just in the past. Now that we're facing the pandemic and you know financial instability, I talked to one woman. And she said. You know, there goes a week's worth of groceries, and it really puts into perspective that you know, every year. This has always been the case. And I believe that you re reported the seventies after the big blizzard and worse, Chicagoans. We know how bad winter gets. When we barely saw a snowflake er to twinkle from the sky yesterday. People kind of dismissed. People probably dismiss the fact that Oh, yeah, There's still this Annual parking ban. Yeah, That's the thing And you you really put in perspective there. These are these are not cheap mistakes. And if you forget about it's $150 towing fee $60 ticket on top of that in the storage fees 25 bucks per day. On DSA. Oh, you were over at the pound or wherever it is where they pick him up. Is that Is that where you were stationed? Yeah. So I spoke over to Humboldt Park. It's like Sacramento 7 700 blocking with Sacramento and yet, so they were just people already cued up. You know, waiting to socially best and go into the office one at a time, that a good routine there, But again, it was a little chilly out. Karen people were shivering. Upset. Obviously, I never talked with you gentlemen who both have their work vehicles towed. So they were kind of, you know, not only out of the day or out of the morning. They're also out of a little bit of work, which The unfortunate reality that they were facing today. It's 311 you have to call, right by the way if you ever get a cartel and they tell you in the city And they all have a really apparent I was told one lady I spoke with because I have a pretty good website as well to navigate. If you're trying to find where your car is, well, that's at least good. Well, hopefully all the talk about it is going to prevent others from doing it. This just talk to police officer. He said that to 32 seems low compared to other years, but Maybe That's just because there are more spaces. Businesses are closed. There aren't as many, um there are as many people in certain certain neighborhoods, at least that taking up two spaces. I just, you know, it's still a lot of folks having to pay that. Right, Right? Yeah. Right, Colin? What? So what are you looking forward to doing? A black club Chicago Now that you're there, everything right? I mean, you're just you're incredible. Your photography is amazing. So what would I came on the radio talk about my reporting. Not about me. But I'm just I'm just I'm so excited. Be back here and helping serve our city. You know, it's Beautiful place. I spent basically all my 22 years of life here. There take a few months and you know, every day I'm learning every day. I'm living here and I'm just so excited to get back to serving. Great city and working long, incredible journalist like yourself and the block blood team. And yes, I'm I'm open for anything. My assignment. My bead is anywhere and anything in Chicago. Just anything I can help tell stories of our people. Well, you got a great attitude and I our eyes are on you because I think you're one of the rising stars and thank you for checking in,.
"alan boyle" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"And ninety six and one of our challenges here some labs are taking ten days to get the results back and so you know we talk about how many people today have tested positive well one lot might have a twenty four hour turnaround one lab might have a forty eight hour turn around and the other one is ten days old so know that that that that that's inside the numbers it's something we can't control from the labs but but it doesn't just reflect one point in time what it reflects is the the testing that is common folks ever in the hospital one thousand eight folks currently in the hospital three hundred sixty and that's down from yesterday ever in the I. C. U. five hundred fourteen currently in the I. C. U. two hundred twenty seven little bit down from yesterday ever recovered nine hundred and seventy nine new statistic today the average age of someone that that has contracted the corona viruses fifty two years old so while we talk about the most vulnerable population anyone and everybody can can get the coronavirus speaking of which yesterday announced we had a ten day old baby that have the coronavirus well today that eleven day old baby is home is home and from what I'm told is doing okay that is really really good news we'll we'll try to keep updating you with the updates that we get but let's remember that child still dealing with this virus and everything else the newborn has to deal with so think about that child and in their family new cases by county twenty four in bottler these are some of the cases from that long term care facility I believe that are coming in nine from Kenton eight from Hopkins seven from Pune and Jackson six from Christian five from Warren for from Grayson Jefferson to from Boyd Campbell Davis faith grace and harden Harrison Muhlenberg and one from Alan Boyle Breckinridge Caldwell Calloway Franklin grant Handcock Jessamine not Knox larue laurel Lincoln Marion Mercer Oldham Pendleton Pulaski Rowan Scott Shelby Simpson trouble Webster and and Whitley so again as you can tell it sounds like I'm just reading every county in Kentucky and that's because the corona virus is in every county of Kentucky whether there is a a specific case it's been reported or not and today I'm I'm I'm sad to report we have eight new deaths we continue to lose people to this coronavirus it calms for and those that are and the most vulnerable populations to us let's make sure that we we light our houses of green again have these eight families are just as important as every other family that we've lost it brings our total number of of deaths two hundred and thirty seven those are hundred thirty seven Kentucky ends that are loved by their communities and it's a hundred and thirty seven losses all of us the the new deaths include an eighty year old female from Jefferson another eight year old female from from Jefferson sixty four year old male from Jefferson eighty three year old male from Russell ninety three year old female from graves ninety six year old male from Russell seventy three year old male from Jefferson and a forty nine year old male from Muhlenberg so let's make sure that we remember all of those that that we have lost breaking down race and ethnicity we know there are the rates of seventy six point three eight percent of all positive cases there are a seventy nine point three percent white twelve point three three percent black or African American three point four three percent Asian and four point eight seven percent multiracial ethnicity overall cases we know about seventy percent there ninety three percent non Hispanic and six point eight nine percent Hispanic of the deaths where we see the the greatest disparity we now eighty one point seven five percent of cases that data I'm sorry eighty one point seven five percent of deaths we we we know that data of their seventy seven point six eight percent white twenty one point four three percent after black or African American point eight nine percent Asian so again it's it's troubling and I hope that not only we do what we can what we should to address this during this outbreak but I really hope that when we come out of this as as better people which I hope we do that that addressing inequality especially in access to health care is something that we finally come to the table and get done all right updates on a couple of facilities that we routinely talk about let's let's start with western state hospital the best news there is the numbers are the same as yesterday no new cases no new deaths that is positive news Green River and and more broadly our correctional institutes we have one new staff member and and and we actually have one new death which is shown up here we're making a number of taken a number of steps in Green River and and we're glad that while the the the the members of positives only one of one on the staff side and we hate the fact that then an inmate and offender was was lost so this morning and offender from the Green River correctional complex passed away in the hospital after battling cove in nineteen forty nine year old male was admitted to the hospital on April eighth and tested positive the next day for the coronaviruses families been notified if fender was serving a nine year sentence out of Jefferson County for assault second an escape second had approximately three years left to serve on his sentence Kentucky department of corrections has approximately twelve thousand car serrated offenders and thirteen presence in four thousand employees currently have nineteen inmates and fifteen staff of tested positive five recovered the agency also supervise about fifty thousand offenders in the community through probation and parole can Kentucky department of corrections for working closely with our public health department is committed to following CDC guidelines also announcing today that and the Hazelwood facility in Jefferson County we have three residents of three staff that have tested positive for covered nineteen and rotor an Oldham county we have the same as we had yesterday just the the one staff member and then finally and our long term care facilities again this is one of the the the populations that is most at risk and we'll talk as we go through our plans and and and the guidelines and and when and how we loosen restrictions we open up our economy our ability to protect those in our long term care facilities is absolutely critical Saturday were reporting thirty new residents and ten new staff of tested positive for the coronavirus with five new deaths this is the real challenge we're saying it all across the Commonwealth tomorrow secretary Freelander is gonna specifically talk about steps new steps we're taking steps with new steps we're taking to care for those who are counting on us now I'd like to invite doctor stack up we're gonna attack team this is gonna stand on the other side of the screen where do up that two things the first is we're gonna go through all the president's plan because there are a lot in that that were already in our plans on how well we we re open Kentucky's economy and then we're gonna go through some specific guidelines were looking for but first let's talk about our partners we announced two days ago that we would be working with Ohio and Indiana to make sure as we made these decisions we were coordinating with other states we were talking and that we could not only better protect ourselves through that but the ability to rebuild the economy would be faster yesterday we announced that the partnership a grown significantly these are the states that are involved these are states led by Democrats Republicans now it's it's it's a group of states that I believe are just look and ultimately to do the right thing and I believe our coordination again is going to help with better results on the public health side and better results on on stimulating the economy so let's start with with now the the what the president put out yesterday and he had brief me and and all the governors on a call on it just before we started and and let me say that the document itself is is a public health documents when we look at it and that I don't know what the what the rhetoric is going to be out there or or what's going to be Sattar tweeted but the actual contents of this document have a whole lot of what we were already looking at and so we believe that our approach which we're gonna be talking about today and then more in the coming days is very much in line with the White House so don't let people try to create divisions there I mean we're going to use the the actual pages put together a list of all public health officials on the federal and on the state side and and everybody else just trying to do the right thing so a couple things about the the the president's plan first a lot of attention went to the faces you know there's going to be an S. gradual it's very gradual phase one you know is is is groups of less than ten people when you can get there phase three is very different from that and so it is looking like we were talking about slowly doing things as we can make sure we protect people but even before the faces the V. no plan put out by the White House has certain thresholds that state should meet almost certain suggested requirements because it's just recommendations that we should meet before we start taking some of those steps so let's go to the next page there are a couple now this is our benchmarks we could go back to the the the the president's side deck there we go here are some of the things they said you need to get these in place and and let me tell you I'm not sure any state has been in place today regardless of the decisions we make but of they make but but he said he is the the White House said you need these in place before you move to phase one and a couple of important things to point out and and here's one you know number one what they're looking for is a decrease over fourteen days which they're talking about in cases so when you think about the curve right and and trying to flatten the curve you know what I think we've almost got the top off that muffin right that we're we're in a kind of a a plateau what they're looking for is is not that not that you're you're going up not that you are in the plateau but you were truly going down less cases day after day and an actual trend so doctor stock you want to talk about what we be looking for their sure so the governor shows on a regular basis the St Louis versus Philadelphia slide which shows the big hump it's it's all type tall spike and what we wanted to do is to flatten that spike and like you said I think.
NASA taps private companies for moon missions
"But the private sector will have a deeper role. Yes. Nasa announced that nine aerospace companies including Lockheed Martin will develop the space craft and technology to get back to the moon. Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reports NASA has long contract with major US aerospace companies to help develop and build spacecraft. But in recent years, the business model has shifted in a big way says Alan Boyle at geekwire Lhasa is putting more of the risk on commercial ventures. The commercial partners announced today will develop their own spacecraft to get Nasr's payloads and those of other customers into space. Boyle says it's like Nastase just buying the ride instead of paying to build the airplane to make profit the companies will also depend on private space ventures like satellite, launches resource extraction or space tourism as forgetting humans to the moon or Mars Henry Herzfeld at George Washington University space policy institute says that's for the longer term the season that we want. To put people up there has been made. But can we bring them back alive? Nastas currently researching key challenges to manned spaceflight like access to water and exposure to radiation.