History in making as Jeff Bezos’s inaugural space flight reaches space on Tuesday.
Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person along with the three crewmates blasted off from the West Texas desert on Tuesday aboard his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle for a suborbital flight and successfully reached the lower regions of space.
The crew capsule carrying Jeff Bezos has successfully landed after travelling into space.
In this voyage Bezos was accompanied by his brother, Mark Bezos; Wally Funk, an 82-year-old who previously took part in NASA’s Mercury program, but was unable to get into space herself; and an 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen.
“They are in for the flight of a lifetime,” launch presenter Ariane Cornell of Blue Origin said on a live webcast.
Key Mission Stats from #NSFirstHumanFlight:— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 20, 2021
Crew capsule apogee: 347,563 ft AGL / 351,210 ft MSL (105 km AGL / 107 km MSL)
Booster apogee: 347,188 ft AGL / 350,835 ft MSL (105 km AGL / 106 km MSL)
Elapsed mission time: 10:10
Max ascent velocity: 2,233 mph (3,595 km/h)
Bezos’ flight takes place just a few days after another self-made billionaire, entrepreneur Richard Branson, reached space in a supersonic space plane developed by his company, Virgin Galactic.
Bezos has made $75 billion in 2020 and says he spends $1 billion/year on Blue Origin spacecraft. Jeff Bezos plans to charge the elite about $300,000/seat for space tourism flights.
Congratulations to all of Team Blue past and present on reaching this historic moment in spaceflight history. This first astronaut crew wrote themselves into the history books of space, opening the door through which many after will pass. #GradatimFerociter #NSFirstHumanFlight— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 20, 2021