Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has successfully reached the edge of space on a rocket and capsule developed by Blue Origin, his private spaceflight company.
The trip is also First crew debut for Blue Origin’s new Shepard rocket.
Bezos made history by taking the first unmanned suborbital flight with an all-civilian crew. They took off at 9:11 a.m. ET from a point in the West Texas desert, southeast of El Paso.
The Amazon director is accompanied by a handpicked team that includes his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas – youngest and oldest individuals ever to fly in space.
The New Shepard rocket accelerated toward space at three times the speed of sound after takeoff. The sphere left at 250,000 feet, taking Bezos and his crew to the edge of space. The ship then dived by parachute and landed in the Texas desert again.
The whole flight took about 10 minutes.
“Best day ever,” Bezos told the mission controller after touching down.
Bezos’ flight was a suborbital experience, meaning he and his team did not enter orbit around Earth. Instead, the capsule reaches edge of space, at an altitude of more than 65 miles, when the passengers experienced four minutes of weightlessness.
Bezos ‘launched just 9 days after British businessman doanh Richard Branson flies to the edge of space on a rocket-powered vehicle created by his own Virgin Galactic space tourism company.
Both flights, along with competition between competing billionaires, has attracted global attention and generated interest and enthusiasm in the nascent space tourism industry.
Bezos described the thrill of launching to the edge of space in a press conference after debut.
“My expectations were very high and they were significantly exceeded,” he said.
Blue Origin is under construction New Glenn, a giant rocket that will launch payloads and people into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. With its proposed Blue Moon lunar lander, the company also wants to return astronauts to the moon, and it is a challenge. NASA’s Only Contract Award for SpaceX.
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