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FAA Rule Change Strips ‘Astronaut’ Title from Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been stripped of his “astronaut” titles by the FAA. According to the agency’s revised definition of astronaut, the term may only be used for those that “demonstrated activities during flight that were essential to public safety, or contributed to human space flight safety.”

Jeff Bezos speaks about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard into space during a press conference on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pinkerton: What the Tech Tycoon Space Race Means for the Rest of Us

The future of space exploration will likely be some sort of public-private partnership. If space-bound billionaires are willing to do their part for the nation and if American political leaders have the vision to see space travel as a 1492-like opportunity, then this could be the beginning of a new epoch of American Greatness. 

Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 7/11/21 Richard Branson takes flight today with his space company, Virgin Galactic. STAR MAX File Photo: 7/14/17 Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson lights up the Empire State Building in celebration of DS Virgin Racing's arrival to New York City and the inaugural …

FAA Clears Virgin Galactic for Commercial Spaceflight

The FAA has given Virgin Galactic approval to begin transporting commercial passengers to suborbital space aboard its VSS spaceplane. The company promises stunning views of Earth and several minutes of weightlessness during a two-hour trip.

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DELINGPOLE: We Won Brexit But the Same Dreary Losers Are Still In Charge

There is still much dispute as to precisely what it was that persuaded 17.4 million Britons to vote for Brexit last year. Some may have done it to regain Britain’s sovereignty, some to curb immigration, some because they realised correctly that everyone on the Remain side of the argument from one-hit-wonder gobshite Bob Geldof to that preening renter of overpriced desert islands Richard Branson was a weapons-grade, copper-bottomed tick.

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