FP trendsJuly 16, 2021 12:38:44 IST
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will be launched into space on July 20th. The billionaire uses his company’s Blue Origin New Shepard rocket and is in space for a total of 11 minutes. The date has been chosen because it is exactly 52 years since Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps to the moon.
Blue Origin’s Launch Site One is located in a remote location in the West Texas desert and does not have an on-site public vantage point, reports Forbes. The company has also said the Texas Department of Transportation will close part of State Highway 54.
On July 12, the company received permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to open into space.
In addition to Bezos, the first Blue Origin flight will have three more people as part of the New Shepherd crew. The four-member crew includes Bezos ’brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.
If the flight succeeds, Funk will become the oldest astronaut of all time at the age of 82, while Daemen will be the youngest.
The reusable New Shepard rocket was created by Blue Origin, which officially appeared in 2015. As per CNET report, the company originally worked quietly for a decade. After nearly two decades of work, the rocket can now launch people into space.
There have been as many as 15 test flights, after which Blue Origin will launch the first rocket with the crew.
You can watch Blue Origin’s first crew flight here. The departure time is 18.30 IST, but may change depending on the weather or technical considerations. The live broadcast will start 90 minutes before the scheduled start time.
Meanwhile, Blue Origin has also revealed that Daemen will become their first customer. Previously, a ticket to space via a New Shephard flight was auctioned for $ 28 million. However, the company has said that Daemen is not the person who won the auction. The auction winner will fly on his upcoming New Shepard trip because there were some problems with the schedule.