Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Targets Bigger Space Goals

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The Wall Street Journal 18 July, 2021 - 01:02pm 39 views

Where is Blue Origin launching from?

Blue Origin will launch four civilians, including the company's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, on its its suborbital New Shepard rocket on Tuesday from Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas. space.comBlue Origin launch will be the 1st fully automated flight with civilian astronauts: report

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

Who's going to space with Bezos?

In addition to Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos, Daemen will be accompanied by Wally Funk, an 82-year-old American veteran pilot. “At 18 years old and 82 years young, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk represent the youngest and oldest astronauts to travel to space,” according to Bezos's company. The GuardianWinner who paid $30m for space flight with Bezos won’t go due to ‘scheduling conflicts’

The Amazon.com Inc. founder has poured billions into his Blue Origin LLC space venture over more than two decades, believing humanity must ultimately establish outposts across the solar system.

More immediately, Mr. Bezos’ company is seeking business in a space market that will triple in size to more than $1 trillion in annual sales by 2040, Morgan Stanley says, assuming rapid technological developments enable routine moon landings, asteroid mining and space tourism.

His own giant leap comes July 20, when Blue Origin is scheduled to launch Mr. Bezos and three other people to the edge of space in an 11-minute flight, the first launch with passengers on the company’s New Shepard rocket.

A successful trip could provide traction in an emerging space-tourism market, which includes Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. Blue Origin’s broader challenge is winning the kind of large, government contracts that provide a steady revenue stream and lend credibility to companies that secure them. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the formal name for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has jumped ahead of Blue Origin in winning those deals.

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