On Tuesday, the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos soared about 66.5 miles (107 kilometers) above the Texas desert on his company’s Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle and returned to Earth safely. This is a history Sexual suborbital flight will help usher in a new era of space tourism.
“The best day ever,” after Bezos landed with three large parachutes in his capsule and raised a cloud of dust, including the world’s oldest and youngest space travelers. Accompanied by the three crew members said.
The 57-year-old American billionaire wore a blue flight suit and cowboy hat and traveled for 10 minutes and 10 seconds on the edge of space. After landing, Bezos and his crew hugged each other and opened champagne. About two dozen family members and company employees cheered.
“Astronaut Bezos is sitting in my seat-happy, happy, happy,” Bezos told the mission control center during a security check, as the passenger retreated after a few minutes of weightlessness in space.
A fully autonomous 60-foot-tall (18.3-meter-tall) sparkling white spacecraft with feather design on its sides, ignited BE-3 engines, and launched approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) vertically from Blue Origin’s launch site No. 1 facility Outside the country town of Van Horn, the sky is mostly clear.
Bezos, the founder of e-commerce company Amazon, and his brother, private equity executive Mark Bezos, joined the other two. The 82-year-old female pilot pioneer Wally Funk and the 18-year-old high school graduate Oliver Daemen became the oldest and youngest people to enter space.
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you paid the price for all this,” Bezos told reporters afterwards.
The flight was nine days after the British Richard Branson boarded his competing space tourism company Virgin Galactic for the first suborbital flight from New Mexico. These two flights have injected credibility and enthusiasm into the fledgling commercial space tourism industry. The Swiss bank UBS estimates that the annual value of the next ten years will reach 3 billion US dollars (approximately 22,380 crore).
Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 and said that the first manned space flight was a step towards developing a fleet of reusable spacecraft.
“We will build a road to space so that our children and their children can build a future,” Bezos added. “…We need to do this to solve the problems on Earth.”
Blue Origin plans to add two more New Shepard passenger flights this year. Bezos said that Blue Origin has not determined its flight speed since then, but its private sales have been close to 100 million U.S. dollars (approximately 7.5 billion rupees).
“The demand is very, very high,” Bezos said, adding: “The big things start with the small things.”
Bezos said his company is working “crazyly” to make the new Shepard car reusable at least 100 times. The one used on Tuesday flew into space twice before landing with a bullseye on a nearby mat.
Backflips and fun
The New Shepard is speeding at 2,233 miles (3,595 kilometers) per hour, exceeding the “Carmen Line”-62 miles (100 kilometers)-set by the international aviation agency to define the gap between the Earth’s atmosphere and space. boundary.
After the space capsule and the booster were separated, the crew unbuckled the straps, performed a backflip, and threw candy for food, drink, and candy at each other in a weightless state. Then, the space capsule returns to Earth with a parachute, and uses a reverse thrust system to expel the “air pillow” to achieve a soft landing.
This launch marks another step in the fierce competition to create the space tourism sector. In this “billionaire space race,” Branson first penetrated the earth’s atmosphere and reached an altitude of 53 miles (86 kilometers) in his rocket-powered, pilot-driven space plane. Bezos flew higher. Experts say this is the world’s first unmanned space flight with a fully civilian crew.
Elon Musk, another billionaire technology tycoon, plans to send an all-civilian crew to his Crew Dragon capsule for a several-day orbital mission in September.
“well done,” Branson wrote On Twitter, congratulations to Bezos and his teammates.
Musk earlier hope The crew of Blue Origin “good luck”.
This flight took place on the 52nd anniversary of the Americans Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin becoming the first humans to walk on the moon. New Shepard’s namesake Alan Shepard became the first American to enter space in 1961.
Fink is a member of the so-called Mercury Group 13 women who were trained as NASA astronauts in the 1960s, but were ignored because of her gender.
“I’ve been waiting for a long time,” Fink said afterwards. “I want to go again—hurry up.”
Daemen is the first paying customer of Blue Origin, and he will study physics and innovation management at a Dutch university. After he got out of the space capsule, his investment executive father hugged him.
Bezos said: “For me, the most profound part is looking at the earth and observing the atmosphere of the earth,” and pointed out how this experience emphasized the beauty and fragility of the earth.
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