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How SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic plan on taking you to space – Tech – Pulselive.co.ke

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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. 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.

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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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Senator Mary Seneta applies hand sanitiser as her colleague Johnes Mwaruma keeps his distance before attending a Senate special sitting on Tuesday. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

A multi-agency team has been set up to co-ordinate all activities related to controlling the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country.

The team that comprises officials from the Health ministry, police, intelligence services, military and ambulance service providers, is using technology to trace and forcibly quarantine individuals who had travelled to high-risk countries but failed to self-isolate on their return.
Taxi drivers who ferried the suspected infected individuals, especially from airports, are also being sought.
The team that is based at the Embakasi Garrison has information on all travellers, especially from the US, Europe and Middle East, and it is tracking the individuals’ activities to establish if they observed the mandatory self-isolation rules.
SEE ALSO: China virus cases spike, 17 new infections reportedPresident Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday praised the team that is said to be working closely with telecommunication service providers to fulfill its mandate.
On Tuesday, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot complained that State officials had rounded up parliamentary staff who arrived in the country on March 8 and taken them to Kasarani for quarantine.
The Senate subsequently sent a letter to the ministries of Interior and Health demanding an explanation, even as sources said the team has a list of people it is looking for.

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“Technology is now the main driver in tracing these individuals who are seen as the main agents of the disease spread,” said an official aware of the developments.
Officials expect the numbers of those infected to rise in the coming weeks as more people are tested for Covid-19.
SEE ALSO: China confirms virus spreading between humansThe team has reportedly been updating five key committees set up by President Kenyatta to manage the country’s response to the pandemic.
The committees consist of officials from the Executive and counties who are monitoring various operations across the country.
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The National Co-ordination Committee on the Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic is the central team that gets frequent operational briefs.
It consists of the Cabinet secretaries for Interior, Health, National Treasury, Defence and Agriculture, the Head of the Public Service, the chairman of the Council of Governors, State House Chief of Staff, Chief of Defence Forces, National Intelligence Service director general, Interior Principal Secretary and deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategy.
SEE ALSO: Factbox: What we know about the new coronavirus spreading in China and beyondThe committee is backed by four other teams. These are the County Government Co-ordination and Food Supply Committee, National Emergency Response Committee, National Economic and Business Response Committee, and Security Preparedness and Response Committee.

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Man dies after being assaulted by police during curfew hours – Nairobi News

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A 35-year-old man suspected to have been assaulted by police officers for flouting curfew regulation has succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at the Kakamega County General Hospital.

He was identified as Ramathan Juma from Joyland estate in Kakamega town.

His aunt Zainab Abdalla said her nephew, who suffers from a mental illness, left home on Tuesday but did not return home.

“As a family, we are so sad about what has happened. Juma is sickly and sometimes leaves home and we have to go looking for him. I have lived with him for the last 16 years since his mother died and its wrong for police to have attacked him without finding out his condition,” said Mrs Abadalla.

It is suspected that Juma could have strayed from home and got caught up in the curfew melee on his way home.

The family reported his disappearance at the Kakamega police station and were informed he had been admitted at the hospital.

They said he had been found lying unconscious along a road and was taken to hospital by police officers.

“I suspect my son was battered by police officers during the curfew. We are informed he was found in Sichirai with injuries to his head. We suspect police beat him up without realising he had a mental illness,” Mrs Abdalla lamented.

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Kakamega Central police commander Mr David Kabene said the incident was being investigated.

“I have met the family and told them that we need to wait for the postmortem examination to establish the cause of the death,” said Mr Kabena.

In Amalemba estate, several people including a prison warder were arrested and questioned after they were found in a bar belonging to a retired police boss.

Mr Kabene said the Officer Commding Station was summoned and cautioned to ensure the premises are closed during curfew hours.

“She came and explained that the manager was caught while selling take away drinks and food to patrons,” said Mr Kabene.

He said the patrons were escorted to their homes and cautioned not to repeat the offence.

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Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot lockdown violators

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told security forces that they should shoot dead anyone causing “trouble” in areas locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About half the country’s roughly 110 million people are currently under quarantine – including millions in deep poverty, left jobless by tough restrictions on movement.

Hours before Duterte gave the order in a speech late Wednesday, nearly two dozen people from a slum community in the capital Manila were arrested for holding a protest that accused the government of failing to provide food aid to the poor.

“My orders are to the police and military – also village officials – that if there is trouble or the situation arises that people fight and your lives are on the line, shoot them dead,” Duterte said.

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“Instead of causing trouble, I’ll send you to the grave,” he said, adding that the outbreak is getting worse more than two weeks into the lockdown.

The Philippines has so far detected 2,311 cases and reported 96 deaths, but the country has only begun ramping up testing and so the number of confirmed infections is expected to keep rising.

Duterte, who came to power in a landslide 2016 election victory, is known internationally for his foul-mouthed tirades and deadly crackdown on drugs, which is overwhelmingly supported by Filipinos.

But critics allege that Duterte’s drug war targets the poor and leaves the rich and powerful untouched, while reinforcing a culture of impunity.

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The president’s latest comments drew immediate rebuke from rights groups who urged the government to provide much-needed relief supplies instead of issuing threats of violence.

“It is deeply alarming that President Duterte has extended a policy of shoot-to-kill… Deadly, unchecked force should never be referred to as a method to respond to an emergency such as the Covid-19 pandemic,” Amnesty International Philippines said in a statement.

As frequently happens after Duterte makes an announcement that sparks concern, officials said the president used hyperbole to make a point.

Philippine National Police Chief Archie Gamboa said on Thursday that officers would not begin shooting troublemakers dead.

“Probably the president just overemphasised on implementing the law in this time of crisis,” he added.

The quarantine, which affects Manila’s 12 million people, has shuttered most businesses and brought nearly all social, religious and business activity to a halt.

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