Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will board the first spaceflight by Blue Origin on Tuesday, ending the more than two decades wait, according to CNBC.
- The spaceflight happens after 15 successful test flights and about 21 years since the founding of Blue Origin in 2000.
- Bezos will be joined by his brother Mark, aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, as well as Dutch Oliver Daemen.
- The crew will be onboarding the New Shepard rocket, which is 60 feet tall, with a reusable rocket booster and capsule at the top.
- Blue Origin is set to provide a live online podcast for the spaceflight launch, with the webcast scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday and lift off at 9:00 a.m. EDT.
- New Shepard is expected to ascend to an altitude of over 100 kilometers, after detaching from the booster to reach the Karman line separating outer space from the earth’s atmosphere.
- Bezos, through Blue Origin, seeks to facilitate human colonization of space and sees Tuesday’s flight as a step towards hitting the goal.
In April, Blue Origin said it planned to start selling spaceflight tickets, although it is yet to disclose the price. The spaceflight happens after Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson also made a similar journey to the outer world.
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