Nine days after British billionaire Richard Branson, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also wants to take a short space trip, according to the DPA agency.
The New Shepard rocket developed by the Bezos company Blue Origin will make its first manned flight on Tuesday afternoon.
After launching from a company base near the town of Van Horn in Texas, which is scheduled for 3:00 pm CET, the spacecraft New Shepard should accelerate to more than 3,700 kilometers per hour in two minutes, the DPA reports. The separated capsule reaches the highest point of flight at a height of more than 100 kilometers above the ground. The weightless state should last for three minutes. He is then to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and land in the Texas desert using large parachutes. In total, the journey should only take about ten minutes.
In addition to Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark and two other people will be on board the spaceship. The first of them is 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, who is to become the youngest person in the universe, the AFP agency reports. Daemen, who graduated from high school last year, will also be the first paying customer of Blue Origin. This will happen despite the fact that the young man was not the winner of the auction, which secured a place in the crew of the spaceship New Shepard for $ 28 million. The winner of the auction, who wished to remain anonymous, cannot participate in the current flight and will therefore fly on one of the other scheduled flights. Daemen’s father paid the second highest amount in a charity auction, but its amount was not disclosed.
The 82-year-old American squadron Wally Funk will also fly into space with Daemen and the Bezos brothers, who will once again become the oldest man in the universe. The record is currently held by astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to fly around the globe in 1962 and looked into space again in 1998 at the age of 77.
Bezosa was overtaken in the imaginary conquest of the cosmos by another billionaire, Richard Branson, who on July 11 undertook a short excursion into space with his own spaceship called VSS Unity, under the banner of Virgin Galactic. According to the American media, space flights has become a battleground this year in which the richest people in the world compete.
The third billionaire in the series is the founder of the Tesla car company and the space company SpaceX Elon Musk. Falcon 9 launchers and SpaceX Dragon ships are already transporting cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). In the next phase, Musk also counts on tourists. But he himself has not yet announced when he is going to look into space in person.
In addition, Musk’s SpaceX company is working on rockets that should be able to transport humans to the moon and Mars. In 2016, Musk said, among other things, that he wants to transport a million people to the “red planet” by 2050, according to the AP agency.
Source: Pravda.sk – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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