Bezos rode himself on the company’s first flight with people
Jeff Bezos is set to travel with the people aboard the first flight of his space travel company
VAN HORNE, Texas – Jeff Bezos is set to embark on the first flight of his space travel company with the crew.
Blue Origin’s new Shepard rocket Apollo 11 explodes with a group of its passengers on the 52nd anniversary of the moon landing.
Bezos aims to travel about 66 miles 66 miles (106 kilometers) from Richard Branson’s ride on July 11, at an altitude of more than 10 miles (16 kilometers).
The capsule is fully automated, so there is no need for trained personnel in quick and down flight, which can be expected for only 10 minutes. Branson’s Virgin Galactic Rocket requires two pilots to operate.
Bezos’ dream come true after 15 successful test flights for space travel by New Shepherd rockets since 2015, all of which were unsafe. If successful, Blue Origin plans two more passenger flights by the end of the year.
The company has not yet opened ticket sales to the public and is filling in for upcoming flights with those who participated in last month’s 28 28 million charity auction for the fourth capsule seat. The Mystery Winner was ruled out early Tuesday due to a schedule dispute. This opened the door for Oliver Damien, a college student from the Netherlands whose father was one of the unsuccessful bidders.
Also flying: Bezos’ younger brother Mark and Willie Funk, one of 13 female pilots who went through the same ordeal as NASA’s Mercury astronauts in the early 1960’s, but failed because they were women.
Not everyone in Van Horn’s remote, desert town 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the north was excited about the drama.
“It’s a luxury item for the rich,” said Isa Ramirez, owner of the pizza shop. He intended to watch the early morning with a cup of coffee in the courtyard of his restaurant.
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