Jeff Bezos is taking the billionaire space race to the next level.
The world’s richest man will depart to the edge of space Tuesday morning on his company’s first commercial flight Blue Origin.
The all-civilian crew is expected to shoot up into the Earth’s atmosphere from a launch site in Texas — and go about 13 miles beyond where rival Richard Branson flew with his company Virgin Galactic last week.
Here’s what you need to know about Jeff Bezos’ space trip:
When will Jeff Bezos go to space?
Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft is expected to explode at 9 a.m. ET from a launch pad in Van Horn, Texas, although weather or technical problems could delay launch.
Who will join him on ‘Blue Origin’?
The Crew is about to become astronauts including the oldest and youngest people to ever go to space.
At 82, pioneering pilot Wally Funk will be the oldest person ever to fulfill his lifelong dream of going into space. hindered by sexism in the 1960s.
The youngest is Dutch Oliver Daemen 18 years old, a recent high school student, allegedly bought him a ticket on the flight – after the anonymous winner of a $28 million auction for a fork out seat.
Also on the bus was Mark, Bezos’ brother, a longtime financier and volunteer firefighter in Westchester County.
No test pilots or flight engineers will be involved as the New Shepard is fully autonomous.
How long will the ‘Blue Origin’ crew be in space?
The trip is expected to last about 11 minutes.
If all goes to plan, the unpiloted rocket will zoom up at three times the speed of sound, reaching an altitude of about 66 miles above the Earth.
There, the capsule separates, allowing passengers to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness.
The bullet will then parachute into the Texas desert, while the rocket returns to the launch pad for a vertical landing.
How to watch the launch of Bezos and ‘Blue Origin’ live
Trip will be broadcast live of Blue Origin begins at 7:30 a.m. ET.
A live press conference with the astronauts will be broadcast on BlueOrigin.com after launch.
Why is it called ‘Blue Origin’?
The company’s name refers to Earth’s nickname – the “blue planet” – as the point of origin of mankind.
“It’s called Blue Origin because it’s a blue planet and this is the planet we have to save,” Bezos explained in 2019. “This is a good planet in our solar system. We’ve sent probes to all the planets right now, this is the only good one. “
Meanwhile, the New Shepard capsule and rocket complex is named for Alan Shepard, who in 1961 became the first American in space during a suborbital flight as part of the pioneering Mercury program of the United States. NASA.
Launch date, July 20, is also the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing.
Hasn’t Jeff Bezos already lost the billionaire race to space?
While Branson became the first billionaire to get to space last week, Bezos is aiming higher — by about 13 miles.
Blue origin is set to go beyond The 62-mile-high line – known as the Kármán line – is internationally recognized as the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.
Virgin Galactic’s flight, meanwhile, reached only 53.5 miles above Earth, though NASA and the US. Air Force both define an astronaut as anyone who has flow higher than 50 miles.
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