WASHINGTON, BM – Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the richest man on the planet, will head to the space border today aboard a rocket developed by his own company Blue Origin, Dnevnik reports. The suborbital flight should start at about 16:00 Bulgarian time [6:30 a.m. CT/7:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday] and is scheduled to last about 15 minutes.
The capsule, equipped with the largest portholes of a spaceship, will rise above the Karman line. It is located 100 km above the earth’s surface and is considered the beginning of space because, beyond it, each device needs to move a lifting force that is not created by the atmosphere.
This is part of the competition for leading positions in the space tourism sector, as on July 11 another billionaire – Richard Branson, flew with his device. According to Blue Origin, this experiment is not a space flight, because it was performed with a rocket plane and to a height of just over 86 km.
Bezos deliberately chose today’s anniversary of a man’s landing on the moon.
Also on board will be his brother Mark, the first female US Federal Aviation Inspector, Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Dimen, the son of a Dutch investment banker who was lucky enough to be shifted from the fourth-place bidding list. $ 28 million.
The New Shepard rocket must take off from Texas, after the release of the capsule the first stage must return to Earth with a vertical landing, and after reaching 110-115 km altitude, the capsule will return with the help of three parachutes a few kilometers away from the launch site. landing.
“I’m excited. People ask me if I’m nervous. I’m not nervous, I’m curious. I want to know what we’re going to learn,” Bezos told CBS News.
“We trained. The ship is ready, the crew is ready, this team is great. We just feel very good with all this,” he added.
Wally Funk, who was preparing to become an astronaut in the 1960s on the Mercury 13 program, said: “It’s going to happen! I’ve been waiting so long, I’ve been dreaming of going up there for so long.” She added that while they are weightless, she will do a few somersaults and dives.
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