Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is ready for space flight together with the crew of his rocket aircraft New Shepard.
He is accompanied on this flight by his brother Mark, eighty-two-year-old Wally Funk, a space research pioneer and eighteen-year-old student.
They will travel in a capsule with large windows that provide stunning views of the Earth.
New Shepard, built by Bezos’ company Blue Origin, was designed for space tourism.
“I am excited. People keep asking me if I’m nervous. I’m not very nervous, I’m curious. “I want to know what we will learn,” Bezos said in an interview with CBS News before takeoff.
“We trained. This vehicle is ready, this crew is ready, this team is amazing. We just feel really good about it, “he added.
Ms. Funk commented:
“It will happen! I waited a long time and dreamed of taking off, “she said before leaving.
She said she would perform somersaults while weightless in space.
In the 1960s, Ms. Funk was part of the Mercury 13 women ‘s group.
They were subjected to the same tests as male astronauts, but never flew into space.
The capsule, which contained the Bezos brothers, Funk and student Oliver Demen, separates from the spacecraft at an altitude of about 76 kilometers.
The rocket lands on its own feet about three kilometers from the launch pad, while the capsule continues to fly to a height of about 106 kilometers.
“We are weightless for about four minutes and we have to get out of our seats, separate, float around and watch the Earth’s atmosphere,” Bezos told CBS News.
“The view will be great, and the weightless state is an unusual experience that you can’t get on Earth in the right way.”
After reaching the maximum height, the capsule will start parachuting – it will be a soft landing in the desert.
This is the latest episode in what has been dubbed the “billionaire space race” by the world public.
Nine days ago, Bezos’ rival, British billionaire Richard Branson, flew to the edge of space with a spacecraft from his own company, the Virgin Galactic.
Branson said last week in the show of the American host Stephen Colbert that it was not important for him to beat Bezos.
He even had friendly advice:
“Just soak up the look – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Although it is often said that this revolution of private space flights is a step towards enabling everyone to fly, seats on one of the Virgin Galaxy flights will initially be charged $ 250,000.
The regular ticket price for the New Shepard flight has not been announced.
With a net worth of about $ 200 billion, Bezos is the richest man in the world.
The 58-year-old recently resigned as CEO of Amazon, the e-commerce giant he founded.
He justified such a decision by wanting to focus on ventures like Blue Origin.
Bezos’ brother Mark founded an advertising agency and is now the vice president of Robin Hood, a New York charity.
The fourth passenger is the son of Jos Demen, the founder of the Dutch private company Somerset Capital Partners.
Oliver originally secured a seat on the second flight, but was hired to replace the anonymous winner at a public auction.
The unnamed winner, who paid $ 28 million to join Bezos on his first flight to New Shepard, had to retire “due to a condensed calendar of obligations”.
Numerous users of social networks reacted to the decisions of Bezos and Branson.
They argue that the money for the space race could be better used – such as fighting climate change or helping the world recover from a pandemic.
“I can understand, but I don’t think they’re fully educated and they don’t know how important the universe is to Earth,” Branson said.
He explained that satellites monitor “rainforest degradation, food distribution – even things like climate change.”
“We need more spaceships going into space, not less.”
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