The first human flight of the New Shephard spacecraft was successful. The historic shooting involved four, including an 18-year-old boy.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was also on the spacecraft, which soared in Texas at around 3 p.m. The launch was broadcast live on the Blue Origin YouTube channel that is building New Shepard.
Blue Origin is the interest of Jeff Bezos. The company will offer the wealthy layer private space travel in the future.
The billionaire performed a successful “space jump” with four people: in addition to him, his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen accompanied him on the journey; the two of them thus became the youngest and oldest people in the world to travel in outer space.
The New Shepard had been tested several times before for a similar purpose, but now, people were sitting in it for the first time. (Bezos has been criticized by several for his reckless mission, saying he is taking on the role of the experimental rabbit.)
The July 20 start was announced on July 7 by the richest man in the world. Bezos was chosen for this day because it is the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. Although civilian space tourists in the past, including Charles Simonyi of Hungarian descent, were not flown high by a private company.
Nine days before Bezos’s launch on the 20th, British billionaire Richard Branson also successfully tested his company’s Virgin Galactic VSS Unity. Still, it only reached the edge of space at an altitude of 86 kilometres. The Bezos, on the other hand, covered the 100 kilometres, meaning they actually reached space. There is also a difference in that while the Bransons took off from a carrier plane, Bezos and his team opted for the classic solution: they took off in a cabin mounted above a huge rocket, just like ordinary astronauts. With the difference that they did not wear a spacesuit or the whole way, from departure to landing,
it lasted only 10 minutes.
But more important than that is the fact of a successful start. The New Shepard, by the way, reached the desired speed and altitude in a matter of moments, then the rocket detached and began to descend. Bezos, meanwhile, was able to experience a state of weightlessness and then slowly returned with a capsule with parachutes. (The rocket landed on a dock built for this purpose.)
Bezos’s private action has been followed by sharp criticism initially, with several even petitioning for the billionaire not to come back.