Jeff Bezos, New Shepard space crew arrive in Texas ahead of Blue Origin launch

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When is Bezos space flight?

“Ever since I was five years old, I've dreamed of traveling to space,” Mr. Bezos said in an Instagram post. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.” Liftoff! The Wall Street JournalJeff Bezos in Space: What the 10-Minute Blue Origin Flight Will Be Like

When is Blue Origin launching?

Blue Origin's first human launch with Jeff Bezos: When to watch and what to know. The launch is set for 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on July 20, 2021. Space.comBlue Origin's first human launch with Jeff Bezos: When to watch and what to know

When does Bezos launch?

Liftoff is set for 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on July 20, 2021. Blue Origin will launch its first crewed mission on its New Shepard rocket July 20 to fly its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and three other passengers to suborbital space and back. Space.comBlue Origin's Jeff Bezos launch on New Shepard: Live updates

The 57-year-old Amazon founder will climb atop the New Shepard rocket in West Texas on Tuesday, July 20 — the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

It will be the first launch with passengers for Blue Origin, which — like Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX — plans to start flying paying customers in the months ahead.

Bezos will be joined by his younger brother, Mark; Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk, an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer; and Oliver Daemen, 18, the son of the chief executive of a private equity investment firm and one of the runners-up in a $28 million charitable auction for the mission’s final seat. (Bezos announced that the winner, who remains anonymous for now, had a “scheduling conflict” and will go on a later flight.)

While Branson’s Virgin Galactic was the first into space, the Blue Origin flight will include the youngest (Daemen), the oldest (Funk) and the richest (Bezos) people to make the trip.

And Bezos will also go higher.

Branson’s space plane reached an altitude of 53.5 miles on its July 9 flight. Bezos’s rocket intends to soar past the so-called Karman line 62 miles above Earth, which is recognized by some international aviation and aerospace experts as the threshold of space. (NASA, the Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration consider the boundary between the atmosphere and space to begin at 50 miles up.)

And like Branson’s voyage, Bezos’s trip to space will be brief. It's expected to take just 10 minutes — which may disappoint the 160,000 people who signed a petition asking that Bezos not be allowed to return to Earth.

Yahoo News will carry a livestream of the Blue Origin spaceflight on Tuesday, July 20. Coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET, with the launch scheduled for 9 a.m. ET.

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The first paying Blue Origin customer is Oliver Daemen — the youngest person ever to fly to space.

Bezos and his companions will experience a rocket launch, skim the edge of space, then plunge to a parachute landing in just 11 minutes.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says the beneficiary of the $28 million auction for a spot on its New Shepard suborbital spaceship is Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old student from the Netherlands. Daemen is due to take a trip to the edge of space next Tuesday, sitting alongside Bezos and his brother Mark — as well as female aviation pioneer Wally Funk, who at the age of 82 would become the oldest person to go to space. Daemen would become the youngest. The actual winner of last month’s auctio

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The rocket's first passenger flight is set to take Bezos and three companions to the edge of space.

Blue Origin plans to livestream the launch. The feed is set to be embedded here once it's available.

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Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth, is about to fly to the edge of space.

The billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin is preparing to ride a New Shepard rocket up to the Kármán line - an imaginary boundary 62 miles (100 kilometers) above sea level, where many experts say space begins. There, he's expected to experience weightlessness and stunning views of Earth for about three minutes.

The Blue Origin launch system has flown successfully 15 times, but never with people on board. This would be its first passenger flight. The rocket is scheduled to lift off from Blue Origin's launch site in Texas at around 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET) on Tuesday.

"To see the Earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity," Bezos said in an Instagram video announcing the launch. "I want to go on this flight because it's a thing I've wanted to do all my life. It's an adventure. It's a big deal for me."

Bezos won't be flying solo. His brother, Mark, is set to join him, along with Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator who trained to go to space in the 1960s but was ultimately denied the opportunity because she was a woman. An as-yet-unidentified multimillionaire won an auction for the fourth seat, with the proceeds going to Blue Origin's foundation, Club for the Future.

Blue Origin said there won't be any "public viewing areas" in the vicinity of the launch site, but the company plans to stream the spaceflight live on its website.

The broadcast is set to start at 6:30 a.m. CT (7:30 a.m. ET), about 90 minutes before liftoff. We plan to embed that video feed here once it's available.

If all goes according to plan, the New Shepard rocket will fire its engines to heave itself off the launchpad. As Bezos and his guests scream through the atmosphere, the force of the climb and the pull of Earth's gravity - which should feel three times stronger than normal - are expected to pin them to their seats.

After three minutes, the rocket booster should fall away from the capsule that holds the passengers. That capsule should continue arcing above the Earth, and Bezos and his companions should feel weightless.

They're expected to have three minutes to unbuckle, float around the cabin, and savor the views of the planet curving below. Then gravity should pull the spaceship into a high-speed plunge back to Earth. Three parachutes should balloon into the air to break the spaceship's fall, carrying the capsule to a gentle landing in the Texas desert. A recovery crew should be waiting.

The entire flight should last 11 minutes.

Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, flew aboard his company's space plane on Sunday. Though Branson insisted there's no competition between him and Bezos, Virgin Galactic changed its launch schedule in a way that sent Branson to the edge of space before Bezos.

Blue Origin, for its part, maintains that Branson didn't actually go to space because he only flew to about 55 miles above sea level.

"They're not flying above the Kármán line and it's a very different experience," Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith told The New York Times after Branson announced his flight.

Blue Origin went after Virgin Galactic more directly on Twitter two days before Branson's launch, sharing a graphic comparing the company's space plane unfavorably to Blue Origin's rocket.

"From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name," Blue Origin tweeted. "For 96% of the world's population, space begins 100 km up at the internationally recognized Kármán line."

The 4% the tweet refers to is the US. Both NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration have awarded astronaut wings to pilots who flew past 50 miles.

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Nine days after billionaire Richard Branson made history by becoming the first person to launch himself into space on his own Virgin Galactic plane, fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos is hoping to do the same.

The first paying Blue Origin customer is Oliver Daemen — the youngest person ever to fly to space.

About 1% of US human spaceflights have ended in a fatal accident, but the New Shepard rocket seems relatively safe.

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• ’ Blue Origin announced that 18-year-old Oliver Daemen will fly in place of the still-anonymous person who bid $28 million for seat on the space trip in a charity auction but can’t travel this time because of a scheduling conflict, CNBC reported. Daemon will join the (AMZN) founder, his brother Mark Bezos, and space pioneer Wally Funk July 20 on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket trip to the edge of space. The auction winner “has chosen to fly on a future New Shepard mission,” Blue Origin said.

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