Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars

Blue Origin’s delayed liftoff

The space race is not just a battle of nations. It’s a battle of business and billionaires.

On Sunday, American aerospace manufacturer and space tech company Blue Origin, owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, successfully launched a rocket carrying six tourists to the edge of space.

The launch comes after a nearly two-year hiatus prompted by a failed uncrewed test flight in 2022. That failure led to Blue Origin being outsmarted by Virgin Galactic, flying its first tourists a year later.

Like any business, commercial space travel demands a competitive edge. Business owners must then strive to push boundaries in an ever-evolving landscape.

While Blue Origin’s milestone marks an achievement for the commercial space tourism industry, I can’t help but wonder if outsourcing could have helped Blue Origin launch its tourism rocket sooner. 

Blue Origin’s delayed liftoff
Blue Origin’s delayed liftoff

The limitations of going it alone

Unprecedented endeavors like space tourism require extensive resources and financial investments. Cutting-edge functions can be challenging for companies to undertake solely in-house. 

Limited budgets and talent pools are common obstacles businesses face when attempting to do everything independently. 

They must look beyond their walls and into the “outer space” to access the skills and capabilities they need to thrive.

The power of the outsourced workforce

Outsourcing and offshoring offer a powerful solution for companies looking to access expert talent at affordable costs. 

By leveraging a global staff, businesses can access specialized skills, increase efficiency, save costs, and focus on core strengths. 

Companies across various sectors have successfully harnessed the power of the global workforce to augment their in-house teams and drive growth—from IT and customer service to accounting and beyond.

Navigating the journey to the outsourcing space

Although outsourcing provides numerous advantages to any business, a strategic and well-planned approach is still crucial. 

You need to consider factors like cultural fit, communication protocols, intellectual property protection, and compliance requirements to succeed in outsourcing and business. 

When you partner with experienced outsourcing providers, they can guide you through this journey, ensuring a smooth transition and maximizing the benefits of offshore talent.

Blue Origin could have prevented delays in its space dreams had it outsourced its non-core functions, such as software testing, component manufacturing, or data analysis. Providers with specialized expertise in aerospace engineering could have also augmented Blue Origin’s in-house capabilities. 

The competitive horizon

The future of commercial space travel is ambitious yet achievable with the right partners—a missed opportunity for Blue Origin.

The competitive horizon
The competitive horizon

As we live in a more globalized marketplace, only companies that embrace outsourcing will gain a competitive edge over those unwilling to evolve. 

Those who boldly embrace this paradigm shift are well-positioned to soar above their competitors.

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About Derek Gallimore

Derek Gallimore has been in business for 20 years, outsourcing for over eight years, and has been living in Manila (the heart of global outsourcing) since 2014. Derek is the founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, and is regarded as a leading expert on all things outsourcing.