Today is another historic day in the space area, with another space flight that will take four people into space using the New Shepard rocket, from the company Blue Origin. This flight becomes the second tourist flight after another historic day on July 11th, carried out by Virgin Gallactic, where he followed the boss and British billionaire Richard Branson.
Jeff Bezos, the well-known former Amazon multimillionaire leader, will be joined by Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old space race pioneer, and an 18-year-old student.
They will travel in a capsule with larger windows which will offer breathtaking views of the Earth. The New Shepard, built by the company Blue Origin de Bezos, was designed to serve the growing space tourism market that is predicted to generate millions in the coming years. You can follow the flight live below, with the livestream starting at 12:30 pm, with the flight starting at 14g.
“I’m excited. People keep asking me if I’m nervous. I’m not really nervous, I’m curious. I want to know what we’re going to learn,” Bezos said in an interview with CBS News.
This flight has more interesting and historical factors, as accompanying the Bezos brothers are two people who make history in space aviation, as they are the youngest and oldest to go into space. On the experiment side is Wally Funk, a member of a women’s group called Mercury 13, who passed the same screening tests as male astronauts but never actually flew into space.
Mrs Funk commented: “It will happen! I waited a long time and dreamed a lot to get up.” She said she would do some weightless tumbles and tumbles in space.
The youngest ever is student Oliver Daemen, just 18, who becomes the youngest ever to go into space. The fourth passenger is the son of Joes Daemen, founder of the Dutch private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners. Oliver had originally secured a seat on the second flight, but was called up to replace the anonymous winner of a public auction who withdrew a few days ago.
The four-crew capsule will climb up to 100km (62 miles), which is higher than the 86km (53 miles) achieved by the Virgin Galactic flight and will allow it to stay in microgravity for three or four minutes before landing.
Another aspect to mention is that this is the first flight fully manned by a computer and with no pilot on board, while on Virgin’s flight there were two pilots on board to control the aircraft.
If you find the idea interesting and believe when these flights are called the beginning and opening for space tourism, unfortunately it is still not for any wallet. Seats aboard one of Virgin Galactic’s flights will initially cost customers $250,000, while the regular ticket price to New Shepard has not been disclosed.