Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will launch into space on July 20th. The billionaire will ride on his company’s Blue Origin New Shepard rocket and stay in space for a total of 11 minutes.
The date was chosen for July 20th because it was exactly 52 years ago that Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon.
Although Jeff Bezos lost the billionaires’ race into space, even that didn’t make him abandon his idea of space travel. It was on July 12 that his company received a license from the US Federal Aviation Administration to launch into space.
The Blue Origin launch will be in the West Texas desert and will not have a public viewing area on site. The company also said the Texas Department of Transportation will close a lane on state highway 5.
On Blue Origin’s first flight, it will be joined by Jeff Bezos, three people who will be part of the New Shepherd crew. The four-member crew includes Bezos’ brother Mark, air pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.
If the flight is successful, Funk will become the oldest astronaut of all time, at 82 years old, while Daemen will be the youngest at just 18 years old.
The New Shepard rocket was created by Blue Origin, which officially appeared in 2015. The company has worked on this model in silence for over 10 years. After 20 years of work, the rocket is now ready to take people into space.
During 20 years of work, there have been more than 15 test flights without people on board. This will be the first test with a crew on board.
The first crewed flight aboard Blue Origin can be viewed on here. The flight is scheduled to launch at 12:30 pm in Portugal but the time may change depending on weather conditions or technical issues. The live stream will begin 90 minutes before the scheduled time.