How to watch the Blue Origin launch: Jeff Bezos flies his own rocket on the company’s first flight with people

VAN HORN, Texas – Jeff Bezos is about to take off on the first space travel company flight with people on board.

You can watch the Blue Origin launch starting at 8:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. CT / 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time right here and on our streaming apps. Estimated take-off time is at 9 a.m. ET.

The founder of Blue Origin as well as Amazon on Tuesday will become the second billionaire to use his own rocket. He will depart from West Texas with his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, and an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer from Texas – the youngest and oldest person to ever cross the planet.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is set to explode with its diverse group of passengers on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Bezos is aiming for an altitude of roughly 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Richard Branson’s ride on July 11.

The capsule is fully automated, so no trained staff is needed on the quick up and down flight, which is expected to last only 10 minutes. Branson’s Virgin Galactic rocket plane requires two pilots to operate.

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Bezos’ trip comes true after 15 successful test flights into space on a New Shepard rocket since 2015, all unmanned. If successful, Blue Origin plans to add two more passenger flights later this year.

The company has yet to open ticket sales to the public and is filling up on upcoming flights with people who entered last month’s $28 million charity auction for fourth-class seats. The mystery winner dropped out of Tuesday’s launch because of a scheduling conflict. That opened the door for Oliver Daemen, a university student from the Netherlands whose father was one of the unsuccessful bidders.

Also flying: Bezos’ younger brother Mark and Wally Funk, one of 13 female pilots who underwent a similar test in the early 1960s as NASA’s Mercury astronauts, but failed because of them are women.

Not everyone in the remote, desert town of Van Horn was excited about the drama unfolding 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the north.

Pizza shop owner Jesus Ramirez said: “It’s a luxury that will be reserved for the wealthy. He intended to watch the morning premiere from the restaurant’s courtyard with a cup of coffee.


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