Blue Origin has informed that the New Shepard rocket and capsule will launch from ‘Launch Site One’ in the West Texas desert, which will be closed to all spectators.
Jeff Bezos to step into space on July 20 (file photo)
The countdown for the first crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket will begin on July 20. This rocket will launch the company’s founder Jeff Bezos and three others into space. The special thing is that you will be able to watch this entire launch live. New Sherd’s first crewed flight will begin airing at 7:30 a.m. EDT (11:30 GMT) on the company’s official website, BlueOrigin.com. According to Indian time, you will be able to watch it at 5 pm.
Launch of the rocket at 9 am EDT (13:00 GMT) ie at 6:30 pm Indian time, the rocket will take off for space. However, this time will depend on the weather forecast and other technical factors. Blue Origin said in a July 12 press release that the New Shepard flight would last 11 minutes and that a live telecast of the entire mission with the astronauts would be available on BlueOrigin.com. The company will also share mission updates throughout the day on Twitter via @BlueOrigin.
The crew will consist of four people
Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk will be a part of this flight along with Bezos, who has been invited by Bezos himself to be a part of this mission. In addition, the crew will include Bezos’ brother Mark and the winner of an auction who paid $28 million for the seat. Blue Origin said the New Shepard rocket and capsule will launch from Launch Site One, a remote area in the West Texas desert that will be closed to all spectators.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 with the hope of bringing wealthy space tourists into suborbital space. Blue Origin is trying to differentiate itself from competitor Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004 and on July 11, the company sent its billionaire founder Richard Branson to the ‘end of space’ under the ‘Unity 22’ mission.
Blue Origin criticizes Virgin Galactic
A few days before Branson’s flight, Blue Origin released an infographic comparing the two systems and criticized Virgin Galactic’s design decision to fly below the ‘Karman Line’. The Carmen Line is a boundary at 62 miles (100 km) known internationally as the ‘limit of space’.
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