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Jeff Bezos successfully reaches edge of space

Posted on Tuesday, 20 July, 2021 | Comment icon 14 comments

The flight was everything that Bezos had been hoping for. Image Credit: Blue Origin
The first ever manned launch of Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft proved a major success.
Hot on the heels of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flight to the edge of space last week, Jezz Bezos soared into the heavens aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard earlier today.

The flight, which in its entirety lasted just over ten minutes, saw Bezos - along with three others - spend a quick couple of minutes experiencing zero-gravity before parachuting back down to Earth.

Joining him was 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk (now the oldest person ever to fly in space), 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen from the Netherlands (now the youngest person ever to fly in space) and his own brother - Mark Bezos.
"It was the best day ever," the billionaire said as he emerged from the capsule.

Blue Origin will be offering flights to paying passengers in the not-too-distant future, however it is currently unclear exactly how much a seat aboard New Shepard will cost.

Last month, a seat aboard today's flight had sold at auction for $28 million, however the winner reportedly pulled out due to a 'scheduling conflict' and Daemen flew instead.

Now with both Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic having successfully completed their inaugural flights, the space tourism sector is likely to get very busy over the coming years.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (14)

Tags: Blue Origin

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nosy.Matters on 21 July, 2021, 0:22
Queen's man doesn't have to worry about that nonsense.
Comment icon #6 Posted by glorybebe on 21 July, 2021, 0:24
Could you imagine what Bezos, Musk and Bronson could do if they worked together instead of having whose penis is bigger contest?
Comment icon #7 Posted by jeceris on 21 July, 2021, 0:57
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hammerclaw on 21 July, 2021, 2:01
Neither one are in Musk's league, at least not yet. On the one hand, you have two billionaires who who took trips to nowhere on their stunt plane and rocket. On the other, you have a man who sends cargo and astronauts to the ISS. Their achievements, as yet, do not compare.
Comment icon #9 Posted by glorybebe on 21 July, 2021, 2:07
But, their money and passion for space exploration could join together and really make great strides in space technology.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hammerclaw on 21 July, 2021, 2:13
Musk doesn't need them. Blue Origin seems to have plateaued and Virgin Galactic is content to sell joyrides to tourists. On paper, yours is a good idea, but in practice in the private sector, competition is king.
Comment icon #11 Posted by jeceris on 21 July, 2021, 2:44
Agreed. However, the Bezos deal had the rocket land in a designated place and performed as it should. It landed on the spot to be reused again. Not as impressive as landing a rocket on floating platform on the sea, and Spacex has created workable and practical space capsules that leave actual orbit, and make it to the space station. Spacesuits that work. Musk is miles ahead. But....if I had to put money on who is second for the space tourist industry, I have to go with Bezos. And the new boom to that little speck on the map in northwest Texas. Branson will not fly for another year, and Bezos w... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by third_eye on 21 July, 2021, 3:18
In the end, it's planet earth that will lose...  ~
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hammerclaw on 21 July, 2021, 14:05
Mine is on Boeing, whose fully developed launch system and spacecraft, Starliner, launches for it's second test flight at the end of the month. If all goes well, they'll launch a crewed capsule to the ISS before the end of the year. For some, reaching space is an arbitrary line in the sky. For someone like me, who grew up in the space-age, reaching space is reaching orbit.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Desertrat56 on 21 July, 2021, 15:17
Northwest Texas?  Which spaceport do you think is in NW Texas?  One is in Southern New Mexico and the other is in SW Texas.

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