Jeff Bezos says first spaceflight was ‘tiny little step’ in Blue Origin’s plan to build a road to space

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CNBC 20 July, 2021 - 10:20am 37 views

Where is Blue Origin launching from?

If all goes to plan, the company's New Shepard rocket and capsule will take off for an 11-minute journey, launching and landing outside Van Horn, Texas at Blue Origin facilities, dubbed Launch Site One. Space.comBlue Origin to launch its 1st astronaut flight with Jeff Bezos and crew of 3 today

How long is the Jeff Bezos space flight?

Riding his own rocket, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos streaked into space Tuesday on a thrilling 10-minute up-and-down flight, a high-tech joyride that sets the stage for the start of commercial passenger service later this year. "Best day ever!" Bezos said upon landing. CBS NewsLive Updates: Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin complete successful spaceflight

Who went with Bezos to space?

Billionaire Jeff Bezos blasted into space on Tuesday, in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard. He was accompanied by Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race, and an 18-year-old student. BBC NewsJeff Bezos launches to space aboard New Shepard rocket ship

Is Bezos launch on TV?

Here's the information you'll need to watch the Bezos space flight on TV, or online via a free live stream. When is Jeff Bezos space flight? The Jeff Bezos rocket launch will happen around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20. The exact time that coverage begins on TV will vary based on each network that is covering the flight. nj.comJeff Bezos space flight: How to watch launch, live stream, time, TV, channel

Jeff Bezos said Blue Origin's first crewed spaceflight on Tuesday represented one step toward the company's mission of expanding to a point where people live and work in space.

"This is a tiny little step of what Blue Origin is going to do. What we're really trying to do is build reusable space vehicles. It's the only way to build a road to space, and we need to build a road to space so that our children can build the future," Bezos told CNBC's Morgan Brennan.

"If you want to be a space entrepreneur today, you have to do everything from the beginning. There's no real infrastructure that's at an affordable cost. So that's what we have to do, is build that kind of infrastructure and then future generations will get to rest on top of it," Bezos added.

Bezos flew as one of the four passengers on the inaugural crew launch of its New Shepard rocket and capsule. The founder of Blue Origin, Bezos sees New Shepard as a pathfinder for his company's other, larger scale projects.

"This suborbital tourism mission lets us practice," Bezos said. "We need to do that over and over and over and get as good at running space vehicles as we are as a civilization at running commercial airliners."

Beyond its space tourism rocket New Shepard, his company is also working on a massive orbital rocket called New Glenn, a stable of next-generation rocket engines, and a crewed lunar lander. Bezos emphasized that "reusable space vehicles," like New Shepard which launches and lands, are key to Blue Origin's goal.

Bezos emphasized that he now has more time to spend focused on his space venture, which he founded in 2000.

"Since I stepped down as the CEO of Amazon, I have a lot of time to dedicate to this vision. so I'm going to split my time between this and the Bezos Earth Fund, which is the climate sustainability foundation," Bezos said.

Additionally, his view from space on Tuesday meant Bezos got a first hand look at "how tiny this planet's atmosphere is."

"It's really this small thing supporting all life. So we need to take all polluting industry, all heavy industries and move it off Earth. This could take many decades, but that's what we can do," Bezos added.

Floating inside of New Shepard's capsule for a couple minutes in microgravity Bezos said was a "beautiful" experience.

"It felt so comfortable and natural," Bezos said.

Asked by CNBC's Brennan if he's "going to do it again," Bezos replied emphatically.

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