Billionaire Jeff Bezos is making his way to space in few hours. This supersonic joyride to the edge of space was recently accomplished by Billionaire Richard Branson. This time-space welcomes Blue Origin’s, Jeff Bezos. The world’s richest man would be flying aboard New Shepard, a suborbital capsule and rocket system built by his space company Blue Origin. It’s reported he’ll also be bringing along a few guests on this historic journey — his brother, Mark Bezos; Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot and one of the “Mercury 13” women; and an 18-year old recent high school graduate named Oliver Daemen, who will be the first paying customer boarding New Shepard. New Shepard, built by Bezos’ company Blue Origin, is designed to serve the burgeoning market for space tourism. New Shepard is encapsulated with the biggest windows flown into space, offering stunning views of the Earth.
Jeff Bezos is an American business magnate, media proprietor, investor, and the founder of Amazon. He remained the Executive Chairman of Amazon until recently when he announced Andy Jassy – CEO of Amazon Web Services would be taking over as CEO of the entire company having previously served as chairman, president, and CEO of the company. This handover to Andy Jassy marked the company’s 27th incorporation anniversary.
The excursion is expected to last about 11 minutes from takeoff to landing. This inaugural flight will kick off from Blue Origin’s facilities at an extremely remote plot of land near Van Horn, Texas, which is about two hours from El Paso. The flight provided weather permits will take place tomorrow Tuesday, July 20 at 8 a.m. CT or 9 a.m. ET.
Blue Origin is providing an opportunity for a livestream, so the public can watch the whole thing go down. Viewers can expect to see exterior shots of the rocket and capsule as it shoots up toward the cosmos. (Shots of the interior — and Bezos’ facial expressions — won’t be released until after the flight.)The livestream will begin to air at 6:30 a.m. CT/7:30 a.m. ET on the platform provided by Blue Origin. Blue Origin is also expected to host a post-flight press briefing with Bezos and his crew.
Bezos said in an interview said, “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”. He added, “We’ve been training. This vehicle’s ready, this crew is ready, this team is amazing. We just feel really good about it.”
Find below a breakdown of all the important moments of the day (Note: T- indicates “time before liftoff.” If all goes to plan, “T” will be 9 a.m. ET. If there are weather delays, the timeline below will hold, but the “T” will change.):
- T-90 minutes: Webcast begins
- T-45 minutes: Astronauts leave Blue Origin’s Astronaut Training Center for the launchpad
- T-30 minutes: Astronauts climb the launch tower. If all is “go,” they will climb aboard the crew capsule
- T-24 minutes: Hatch on the New Shepard crew capsule will close
- T0: Liftoff
- T+ 3 minutes (approximately): Capsule surpasses 62 miles in altitude, a widely recognized boundary of outer space
- T+ 4 minutes (approximately): The capsule reaches the top of its flight path and the passengers spend a few minutes in weightlessness
- T+8 minutes: New Shepard rocket booster lands on a nearby ground pad
- T+11 minutes: New Shepard crew capsule, with parachutes deployed, lands nearby
- T+22 minutes: Hatch opens and astronauts disembark
- T+30 minutes: Webcast concludes
- T+ 2 hours (approximately): Press conference with Bezos and other astronauts begins
Our team Techbooky wishes Billionaire Jeff Bezos all the best as he takes on Space.