Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced he is founding an aerospace company called Privateer, making him the latest, and arguably most unlikely, entrant to the billionaire race in space.
The venture was revealed on Twitter in a cryptic tweet published Sunday at 10 p.m. ET that reads: “A private space company is starting, unlike the others.”
Wozniak also shared a video with the news, which focuses on people working together, rather than one company looking to tackle aerospace, along with ideas that the company will be environmentally friendly.
The one-minute video does not detail the venture, only ending with “the sky is no longer the limit.”
However, the video caption on YouTube says more information will be revealed at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference that will take place September 14-17.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced he is founding a space company called Privateer, making him the latest and arguably most unlikely entrant to the billionaire space race.
Wozniak is a computer scientist best known as one of the founders of Apple and the inventor of the Apple II computer.
He met the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple while in college and the pair formed a team on April 1, 1976 at Apple Computer, which is now simply Apple and run by CEO Tim Cook.
Wozniak is not just going into the new venture, but is partnering with former Apple engineer and Ripcord founder Alex Fielding.
The pair have collaborated numerous times in the past, most notably co-founding Wheels of Zeus in 2002 – a company that developed GPS smart tags.
Wozniak is a computer scientist best known as one of the founders of Apple and the inventor of the Apple II computer
Wozniak also shared a video with the news, which focuses on people working together, rather than one company wanting to tackle aerospace, along with ideas that the company will be environmentally friendly
Privateer has a website, but contains only a broken contact form.
However, the private company appears to have a goal of “keeping space safe and accessible to all humanity,” but what it entails has yet to be revealed.
“Together we go far,” said Privateer Space’s teaser video.
‘We’ll keep an eye out for each other. Solve problems together. This is not a race, it is not a competition or a game. We are not one person, one company, one nation. We are one planet.’
‘We are explorers. We are dreamers, risk takers, engineers and stargazers. We are human beings and it is up to us to work together to do what is right and right. So take care of what we have so that the next generation can be better together.”
Wozniak has now joined the already saturated private space venture, which includes billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson – all racing to own the cosmos.
Wozniak has now joined the already saturated private space venture, which includes billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson (pictured) — all racing to own the cosmos. Branson launched into space on July 11
Bezos (pictured), founder of Blue Origin, made a similar journey 10 days later, when he, his brother Mark and two others ventured 66 miles above the Earth.
Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, was the first to fly to the edge of space when it launched on July 11 and stayed 80 miles above the Earth’s surface for eight minutes.
He and his crew reached speeds of Mach 3 en route to the edge of space.
After a brief period of experiencing weightlessness, the craft pointed down and returned to the ground.
Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin, made a similar journey 10 days later, when he, his brother Mark and two others ventured 66 miles above the Earth.
SpaceX CEO and founder Musk has yet to venture into space, but will send the first fully civilian-manned mission into orbit on Wednesday. However, Musk has bought his own ticket to go into space with Virgin Galactic
The other two crew members included 18-year-old Oliver Daemen — the world’s first paying customer to buy his flight — and 82-year-old Wally Funk, who passed through NASA’s space program in the 1960s but never made it to space because the women’s flight was cancelled.
The 10-minute journey cost $5.5 billion – $550 million per minute.
SpaceX CEO and founder Musk has yet to venture into space, but will send the first fully civilian-manned mission into orbit on Wednesday.
However, Musk has bought his own ticket to drive into space with Virgin Galactic.
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Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin’s space capsule
Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk, aka the ‘NewSpace’ set, all say they were inspired by the first moon landing in 1969, when the US defeated the Soviet Union in the space race, and there’s no question how much it would mean for each of them to win the ‘new space race’.
Amazon founder Bezos appeared to be the first of the three to fly to space after announcing plans to launch on July 20 aboard the New Shepard spacecraft from his space company Blue Origin.
The billionaire tycoon will travel with his younger brother Mark, a $28 million charity auction winner and trailblazing female astronaut Wally Funk, 82.
However, Branson has now announced that he plans to make a suborbital flight nine days ahead of Bezos and his brother. He revealed on Twitter that he plans to be Astronaut 001 on Virgin Galactic’s July 11 test flight.
While SpaceX and Tesla founder Musk have said he wants to go into space, and even “die on Mars,” he hasn’t said when he could blast into orbit.
SpaceX appears to be leading the wider space race of billionaires with numerous launches bringing NASA equipment to the ISS and partnerships to send tourists to space by 2021.
On February 6, 2018, SpaceX sent a rocket to Mars orbit, 140 million miles away, with Musk’s own red Tesla roadster attached.
Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule
NASA has already selected two astronauts to be aboard the first manned Dragon mission.
SpaceX has also begun sending batches of 60 satellites into space to help form its Starlink network.
Musk hopes this will spawn an interconnected web of satellites around Earth that will beam free internet to people around the world.
Branson and Virgin Galactic take a different approach to conquer space. It has repeatedly and successfully conducted test flights of the Virgin Galactic’s Unity spaceplane.
The former took place in December 2018 and the latter on May 22, with the flight accelerating to over 2,000 miles per hour (Mach 2.7).
More than 600 affluent clients, including celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, have reserved a $250,000 (£200,000) seat on one of Virgin’s space trips.
Branson has previously said he expects Elon Musk to win the race to Mars with his private rocket company SpaceX.
Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic vessel
SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two pilots. Each passenger gets the same seating position with two large windows – one on the side and one above the head.
The spaceship is 60 ft long with a 90-inch diameter cabin, giving the astronauts maximum space to float in weightlessness.
It climbs to 50,000 feet before the rocket motor ignites. SpaceShipTwo separates from its carrier, White Knight II, once it has passed the 50-mile mark.
Passengers become “astronauts” when they reach the Karman line, the limit of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The spacecraft will then make a suborbital journey with about six minutes of weightlessness, with the entire flight taking about 1.5 hours.
Bezos revealed in April 2017 that he funds Blue Origin with approximately $1 billion (£720 million) worth of Amazon stock each year.
The system consists of a pressurized crew pod atop a reusable ‘New Shepard’ booster missile.
Bezos is one of the richest men in the world and Blue Origin has successfully flown the New Shepard rocket 15 times.
At its peak, the capsule reached 65 miles (104 kilometers), just above the official space threshold, and landed vertically seven minutes after launch.