Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches space company following Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos

Apple Steve Wozniak launches space Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos

Called Privateer Space, the new company is designed to “keep space safe and accessible,” according to a promo video.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tweeted on Sunday about a “private space company” he’s launching that’s “unlike the others.” Called Privateer Space, its mission is to “keep space safe and accessible to all humankind,” according to a YouTube video Wozniak linked. Ripcord founder Alex Fielding is also a co-founder.

“It’s up to us to work together to do what is right and what is good,” the promo video says. “So here’s to taking care of what we have so the next generation can be better together.”

Not much has been shared about the company yet. Privateer’s site simply says, “The sky is no longer the limit,” and “We are in stealth mode.” The site does say the company will be at the AMOS (Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies) conference in Wailea, Hawaii, which kicks off Tuesday.

Other tech leaders have launched their own space endeavors, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who created Blue Origin, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who runs SpaceX.

Astronauts talk lovingly about seeing Earth from space for the first time and about how profoundly emotional the experience can be. A crew of “everyday people” astronauts set to launch on SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission later this month will get quite a visual treat thanks to a new viewing window.

The Inspiration4 mission isn’t visiting the International Space Station, so it didn’t need the docking mechanism on the nose cone that a NASA mission would require. That left room for a fishbowl-like viewing window called a cupola.

The Inspiration4 Twitter account shared a look at what the new cupola looks like: “The crew visited the flight-hardware cupola in California before it was shipped to Florida for integration with Dragon Resilience.”

Billionaire Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman is funding and commanding the mission, which also includes childhood cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, aerospace industry professional Chris Sembroski and geoscientist Sian Proctor. Inspiration4 is billed as “the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit.”

SpaceX had previously shared a rendered view of what the dome window would look like on Crew Dragon. In March, SpaceX founder Elon Musk described it as “probably most ‘in space’ you could possibly feel by being in a glass dome.”

SpaceX is targeting Sept. 15 to launch the cupola-equipped Crew Dragon Resilience on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The journey is set to last three days. Inspiration4 has also been dedicated to raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The civilian mission will mark a new milestone in space tourism. Unlike the recent Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin billionaires-in-space events, Dragon is scheduled to carry its crew into orbit. They’ll have quite a window on the world.

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