Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, set to fly into space on Blue Origin rocket

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Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is acceptable to rocket into abstraction Tuesday successful his Blue Origin spacecraft, fulfilling his puerility imagination of travelling to the stars.

If the upwind holds steady, the 11-minute travel from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One installation successful West Texas is expected to instrumentality spot Tuesday astatine 9 a.m. ET, 9 days aft Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson flew to astir 85 kilometres successful the aerial aboard a rocket vessel helium helped fund.

Global News volition beryllium streaming the motorboat astatine 9 a.m. ET successful the video above.

Joining Bezos, property 57, volition beryllium Oliver Daemen, the 18-year-old lad of a Dutch auction bidder for a spot connected the spacecraft, and the youngest idiosyncratic to ever spell to space. The motorboat volition besides diagnostic the oldest idiosyncratic to spell to space, 82-year-old Wally Funk.

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Funk is 1 of 13 pistillate pilots who passed the aforesaid rigorous investigating arsenic the NASA Mercury 7 antheral astronauts successful the aboriginal 1960s but ne'er made it into abstraction due to the fact that lone men were allowed astatine the time.

The ex-Amazon CEO’s brother, Mark Bezos, volition besides travel him connected Blue Origin’s spaceship, dubbed the New Shepard spacecraft.

It was named aft Alan Shepard, the archetypal U.S. national to question successful abstraction during a suborbital formation arsenic portion of NASA’s Mercury programme successful 1961.

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The New Shepard, which cannot beryllium piloted from the inside, volition not participate into orbit but volition alternatively alert 100 kilometres supra the earth.

Bezos and his 3 crewmates engaged successful a clang grooming people connected Sunday successful mentation for the flight, which included information briefings, a simulation of the spaceflight, a reappraisal of the rocket and its operations, and acquisition connected however to interval astir the craft’s compartment aft the capsule sheds Earth’s gravity.

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The suborbital motorboat marks a important trial for Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft, a 18.3 metre gangly and afloat autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo that could assistance the billionaire pat into the abstraction tourism market.

The apt lucrative contention to commercialize abstraction has attracted the attraction of different billionaires, including Tesla and SpaceX laminitis Elon Musk.

Musk and SpaceX are promising to soar to adjacent greater heights than Bezos and Branson, sending an all-civilian unit for a several-day orbital flight aboard its four-seat Crew Dragon capsule.

Bezos stepped down arsenic Amazon’s CEO aboriginal July, handing implicit the reins to Andy Jassy, who ran Amazon’s cloud-computing business.

– With files from Reuters and the Associated Press

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