Jeff Bezos All Set To Go Into Space On First Crewed Flight Of New Shepard Rocket

Posted by Sama in News On 19th June 2021
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Amazon founder is set to leave Earth and go on a trip to space with his brother Mark and one other person on July 20. Bezos will be going in the spaceflight of Blue Origin, a company that was founded by him in 2000. The flight is also timed to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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The Amazon founder and one of the richest men of the world, Jeff Bezos is all set to depart the Earth and set off on his voyage to space on July 20. Bezos will be going to space on the first crewed flight of his New Shepard rocket ship.

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Accompanying him will be his younger brother Mark, a former advertising executive and volunteer firefighter. The third member of the crew is being decided by a charity auction, with the seat currently priced at $2.8m (£2m) five days ahead of the deadline for bids.

“You see the Earth from space, it changes you,” Jeff Bezos said in a video announcing his plan. “It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one Earth. I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”

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“I wasn’t even expecting him to say that he was going on the first flight,” Mark Bezos added. “And then when he asked me to go along, I was just awestruck. What a remarkable opportunity, not only to have this adventure, but to be able to do it with my best friend.”

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Reportedly the total time of flight will be only a few minutes from start to end as it will take only three minutes of weightlessness as the flight will take just minutes from start to finish, with three minutes of weightlessness as the crewed capsule brushes over an altitude of 100km, known as the Kármán line, the formal beginning for space.

The booster rocket will land autonomously seven minutes after liftoff, and the crew capsule will float to earth on parachutes three minutes after that, with a planned touchdown in the West Texas desert.

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Bezos founded his spaceflight company Blue Origin in 2000 when the company tested its New Shepard vehicle in 2015. The flight is also timed to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Blue Origin's New Shepard is designed in a way that it has massive windows to give a beautiful view of Earth with comfortable seating for at least six people. The machine is designed to enter the space tourism market and after Bezos’s inaugural flight, seats on future trips will be made available to the general public for an undisclosed price.

The system, comprising a single-stage rocket and crewed capsule, has carried out more than a dozen successful uncrewed tests so far, with the most recent April test flight a full dress rehearsal for next month’s launch.

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Competition between Elon Musk's SpaceX and Bezos's Blue Origin has been fierce and both have spent considerable efforts in research including reducing the cost of launches, with their approaches converging on the idea of reusable booster rockets.

However, the major difference between them is that where Blue Origin decided to serve the space tourism market first, SpaceX began by offering cargo services to Nasa and other organizations that needed to place satellites in orbit.

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New Glenn, Blue Origin's orbital launch vehicle was set to be ready this year by February however, it was delayed and is now set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.

This rocket is named after John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, will be able to lift a 45-tonne payload into low Earth orbit, slightly less than the 64 tonnes that SpaceX’s flagship Falcon Heavy can manage.

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