The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, June 08, 2021 1:00 am


Bezos to take own rocket to space

Staff, news services

Jeff Bezos will ride his own rocket into space next month, joining the first crew to fly in a Blue Origin capsule.

The Amazon founder announced Monday he will launch July 20 from Texas along with his firefighter brother, Mark. Also making the 10-minute up-and-down hop will be the highest bidder in a charity auction.

For its first crew launch, the company chose the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. 

The current high bid is $2.8 million. The auction will conclude Saturday, with the winning amount donated to Club for the Future, Blue Origin's education foundation. 

New HQ for Fort Financial

Fort Financial Credit Union is to break ground Wednesday for its new 27,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 8815 Lima Road.

The building will replace the Fort Wayne-based credit union's existing corporate headquarters at 3102 Spring St. and will allow it to expand its staffing to accommodate new organizational growth, Fort Financial said in a statement.

Fort Financial operates 10 branches in Indiana, Mississippi and North Carolina, including three Fort Wayne branches in Meijer stores that are open seven days a week.

OnStar availability increases

Drivers of vehicles other than those made by General Motors now have access to OnStar's emergency advisers and additional services.

OnStar, a GM subsidiary, is making its OnStar Guardian mobile app available to anyone in the United States and Canada with a compatible Apple or Android cellphone. For $15 a month, customers will have 24/7 access to emergency advisers and other services. The customer can add up to seven friends or family to a plan for free.

OnStar launched the Guardian app around this time last year. GM seeks to find revenue opportunities beyond vehicle sales, given the cyclical nature of car sales and the cost to research and develop electric vehicles and self-driving cars. GM has said it will spend $27 billion on EV/AV technology through 2025.

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