Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, and 3 other passengers are set to fly to space aboard Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin on Tuesday, July 20.
The space craft is expected to launch to space at approximately 9 a.m. ET carrying Bezos, his brother Mark, aviator Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, an 18-year-old and the company’s first paying client.
This will be the first time the company’s space craft is launching with passengers on board. It is also the beginning of Blue Origin’s era which is attempting to start maiing space flights for customers.
Blue Origin joins other companies such as Virgin Galactic in making suborbital space flights. A couple of days ago, Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic made his successful flight with passengers into space. SpaceX of Elon Musk is also planning to launch their space craft into space later.
Blue Origin announced that they will broadcast their flight on the company website from 7:30 am E.T. The passengers will travel in the New Shepard capsule into space.
The capsule will be rocketed to about 62 miles above the Earth where the passengers will experience weightlessness. They will also be able to see the planet earth against the blackness of space before descending to the surface of the earth using parachutes. If all goes well, Blue Origin plans to launch two more human missions into space in 2021.
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