Billionaire Jeff Bezos will explode into space on Tuesday on the first crew flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard.
He will be accompanied by Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pioneer of the Space Race, and an 18-year-old student.
They move in capsules, with the largest windows flying into space and offering stunning views of the Earth.
Built by the Bezos company Blue Origin, New Shepard is designed to serve the fast-growing market for space travel.
“I’m excited. I keep being asked if I’m nervous. I’m not nervous, I’m interested. I want to know what I’m trying to learn,” Bezos said in an interview on CBS News.
“We’ve been training. This vehicle is ready and this crew is ready. This team is great. We really feel good about it.”
“It will happen! I’ve been waiting for a long time, and I dreamed of a long time to get up,” Funk commented. She said she would perform somersaults and falls in space during weightlessness.
In the 1960s, Ms. Funk was part of a female group called Mercury 13 and underwent the same screening tests as male astronauts. But who couldn’t fly into space..
At 14:00 BST (09:00 EDT), four passengers will rocket off from Bezos’ private launch site near Van Horn, Texas.
Capsules containing the Bezos brothers, funk, and student Oliver Demen are separated about 76 km (250,000 ft) above the booster. The rocket lands on the “legs” about two miles from the launch pad, and the capsule continues to climb to an altitude of about 106 km (350,000 feet).
“We’ll be at Zerogram for about four minutes, get out of our seats, unstrap, float, and see the thin limbs of the Earth’s atmosphere,” Bezos told CBS News.
“The scenery will be amazing. Zero g will be a rare experience on earth that can’t be obtained in a really good way.”
After reaching maximum altitude, the capsule begins descent and parachutes soft landing in the desert.
The launch is the latest salvo of what is called the “Millionaire Space Race”. Nine days after Sir Richard Branson, a rival of Bezos’ space travel, flew over the Earth on the Virgin Galactic Spaceplane.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert last week at a late show, Sir Richard argued that defeating Bezos wasn’t important and even had some friendly advice. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “
The private spaceflight revolution is often billed as an effort to increase access to space for everyone, but seats on any Virgin Galactic flight initially return customers $ 250,000. However, the usual ticket price for New Shepard has not been disclosed.
Bezos, with a net worth of about $ 200 billion, is the wealthiest person in the world. 57 years old Recently resigned from Amazon CEOHe is an e-commerce giant he founded and focuses on special company initiatives and other ventures such as Blue Origin.
Bezos’ brother Mark, 53, founded an advertising agency and is now Senior Vice President of Robin Hood, a New York-based charity.
The fourth passenger is the son of Joes Daemen, the founder of the Dutch private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners. Oliver originally secured a seat on his second flight, Replaced the anonymous winner of the public auction..
The unnamed winner, who paid $ 28 million (£ 20 million) to join Bezos on New Shepard’s first crew flight, had to withdraw “due to schedule competition.”
Bezos and Branson Recipient of social media repulsionBy claiming that users can make better use of their money in space, they will be able to tackle climate change and help recover from the global pandemic.
Sir Richard said in this criticism: “I can understand that, but perhaps they aren’t fully educated about what the universe does for Earth.”
“We are monitoring the deterioration of rainforests and the distribution of food-even things like climate change,” he explained. “We are more than we can ascend into space.” We need spacecraft, not less, “he added.
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