Jeff Bezos’s Space Flight: Crew, Streaming Details and Launch Site

Another week, one other billionaire with a rocket firm going to area.

Last week, it was Richard Branson incomes his astronaut wings using an area aircraft from Virgin Galactic, an organization he based 14 years in the past, to an altitude of greater than 50 miles above the skies of New Mexico.

On Tuesday, it is going to be Jeff Bezos, the richest human being within the universe, who will strap right into a capsule constructed by his rocket firm, Blue Origin, and blast off even greater, to greater than 62 miles above West Texas.

When is the launch and how can I watch it?

Blue Origin is aiming for the rocket to take off at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, July 20. The firm will start protection of the launch at 7:30 a.m. on its YouTube channel. The date coincides with the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown.

What is the New Shepard rocket and what is going to it do?

New Shepard, the Blue Origin spacecraft, is called after Alan Shepard, the primary American in area. It consists of a booster and a capsule on high, the place the passengers can be.

Unlike Virgin Galactic’s area aircraft, New Shepard is extra of a conventional rocket, taking off vertically. Once the booster has used up its propellant — liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen — the capsule detaches from the booster.

Both items proceed to coast upward, above the 62-mile boundary typically thought of to be the start of outer area. During this a part of the trajectory, the passengers will unbuckle and float across the capsule, experiencing about 4 minutes of free fall and seeing views of Earth and the blackness of area from the capsule’s massive home windows.

The booster lands first and vertically, just like the touchdowns of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. The capsule lands minutes after the booster, descending beneath a parachute and cushioned by the firing of a last-second jet of air. The complete flight ought to final about 10 minutes.

Is New Shepard protected?

A New Shepard take a look at touchdown in October 2020.Credit…Blue Origin

Blue Origin has launched New Shepard 15 instances — all with out anybody onboard — and the capsule landed safely each time. (On the primary launch, the booster crashed; on the following 14 launches, the booster landed intact.)

During one flight in 2016, Blue Origin carried out an in-flight take a look at of the rocket’s escape system the place thrusters whisked away the capsule from a malfunctioning booster.

A solid-fuel rocket on the backside of the crew capsule fired for 1.eight seconds, exerting 70,000 kilos of pressure to shortly separate the capsule and steer it out of the way in which of the booster. Its parachutes deployed, and the capsule landed softly.

Not solely did the capsule survive, the booster was capable of proper itself, proceed to area, and then, firing its engine once more, land a few miles north of the launchpad in West Texas, a bit charred however intact.

Who else is aboard the flight?

Mr. Bezos is bringing alongside his youthful brother. Mark Bezos, 50, has lived a extra personal life. He is a co-founder and common associate at HighPost Capital, a personal fairness agency. Mark Bezos beforehand labored as head of communications on the Robin Hood Foundation, a charity that aids anti-poverty efforts in New York City.

Blue Origin auctioned off one of many seats, with the proceeds going to Club for the Future, a space-focused charity based by Mr. Bezos. The profitable bidder paid $28 million — and we nonetheless have no idea who that was.

Oliver Daemen in May 2021.Credit…Daemen Family

Last week, the corporate introduced that the public sale winner had determined to attend till a subsequent flight “due to scheduling conflicts.”

Instead, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old scholar from the Netherlands who was one of many runners-up within the public sale, and who had bought a ticket on the second New Shepard flight, was bumped up.

The fourth passenger is Mary Wallace Funk — she goes by Wally — a pilot who within the 1960s was amongst a bunch of girls who handed the identical rigorous standards that NASA used for choosing astronauts.

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