Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket is 'go' to launch Jeff Bezos (and crew) on 1st astronaut flight

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Space.com 18 July, 2021 - 01:02pm 43 views

Where is Blue Origin launching from?

On Tuesday, the 52nd anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing, Blue Origin will launch its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos on a suborbital spaceflight from the company's Launch Site One in West Texas near Van Horn. Space.comBlue Origin's Jeff Bezos launch on New Shepard: Live updates

When does Jeff Bezos go into space?

Bezos will attempt to fly to space on Tuesday, July 20, launching aboard a rocket and capsule developed by Blue Origin, the Amazon founder's private space company. NBC NewsNow it's Jeff Bezos' turn to make history with flight into space

How to watch Jeff Bezos go to space?

Online streaming will be the only way to watch the launch, according to Blue Origin; there is no in-person public viewing of the launch site available. The flight will be the 16th launch of the New Shepard rocket, which is Blue Origin's reusable suborbital vehicle. Livescience.comHow to watch Bezos launch into space

Blue Origin's first paying customer marks youngest to visit space, but he's not the winning bidder

WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando 18 July, 2021 - 04:01pm

Blue Origin said 18-year-old Oliver Daemen will be joining Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Bezos’ brother and aviation pioneer Wally Funk, 82, on board New Shepard for the upcoming launch on Tuesday.

“This marks the beginning of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space,” CEO Bob Smith said in a news release.

Welcome to the crew, Oliver! We’re grateful to have you as our first customer to mark the beginning of commercial operations. #NSFirstHumanFlight https://t.co/gwZ6qBOFpi pic.twitter.com/SuOwxe2353

A spokesperson with Blue Origin said they will not be disclosing how much Daeman paid for his seat on New Shepard.

Multiple media outlets have reported the teen is the son of hedgefund manager Joes Daemen, who took part in the auction but was not the top bidder. He was offered a seat on the next launch but when the winning bidder could not make it, his flight was moved up. News 6 has reached out to Blue Origin to confirm those details. Blue Origin said it would be offering seats to people who took part in the auction but has not disclosed how many seats it has sold or for how much.

Tuesday’s launch comes over one week after billionaire Richard Branson and five crew members from his company, Virgin Galactic, visited space, making Branson the first person to launch in his own spaceship. Virgin Galactic’s flight was bumped up to an earlier date after Bezos announced his spaceflight plans.

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