Amazon founder billionaire Jeff Bezos gained astronaut wings last Tuesday after the launch of a rocket and capsule developed by Blue Origin, his private space flight company.
The historic launch was the first non-pilot suborbital flight with all civilian passengers, and the first manned flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. “When you look at the planet, there are no borders,” said the Amazon founder. “It’s a planet, and we share it but it’s fragile.”
It was the realization of a lifelong dream for Bezos. “It’s amazing. There are no words”, “I’m not talented enough to put it into words.”
Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos upon arrival spoke about what it is like to see the Earth from suborbital space and how it has changed his perspective. “When you look at the planet, there are no borders,” Bezos said. “It’s a planet, and we share it but it’s fragile.”
Jeff Bezos again added that this flight further reinforced his commitment to solving climate change, saying he wants to invest in space technologies that can help future generations.
“We have to build a road into space so that our children and grandchildren can build a bright future,” Bezos said. “We live on this beautiful planet. You can’t imagine how fine the atmosphere is when you see it from space.”
In particular, Jeff Bezos reinforced the need to use reusable rockets for space launches and added that polluting industries should be transferred to space in order to preserve the Earth’s environment.
Bezos’ flight was a suborbital voyage, meaning that he and his crewmates did not enter orbit around Earth. The capsule just hit the edge of space, at an altitude of over 65 miles, where passengers experienced weightlessness for 4min.
Blue Origin hopes to start its operational flights for customers in the near future. And meanwhile Bezos said he was very excited to fly again.