One small step for a billionaire, one big leap for outrageously rich house vacationers: Jeff Bezos has acquired the OK for his onanistic flight to house.
Bezo’s rocket firm, Blue Origin, has acquired the rubber stamp from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take people to house — and the Amazon founder has bagged a seat on the primary journey.
With excellent generosity, Bezos is even letting us mere Earth-dwellers watch his journey from residence, whereas we watch for permission to journey freely throughout Earth. You can observe the reside protection at BlueOrigin.com from 6:30AM CDT / 11:30 UTC on July 20. Liftoff is at present focused for 8:00AM CDT / 13:00 UTC.
#NewShepard is go for launch on July 20 for #NSFirstHumanFlight. This is the sixteenth flight and first with astronauts on board. Watch reside at https://t.co/7Y4TherpLr. Coverage begins at 6:30 am CDT / 11:30 UTC. pic.twitter.com/hYv68UlCqm
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 12, 2021
If all goes to plan, Bezos will declare the not-so-illustrious title of “second billionaire in space.” Space rival Richard Branson pipped the Amazon kingpin to the finishing line of the ego race on Sunday — though the brash Brit’s gold medal stays disputed.
Blue Origin suggested Branson will endlessly have an asterisk subsequent to his identify, as his flight didn’t surpass the “internationally recognized” Kármán line that defines the beginning of house at 100km above sea stage. Branson did, nevertheless, cross NASA’s benchmark for conferring astronaut wings.
Either approach, each the tycoons are solely going sub-orbital. The crown of the primary billionaire to succeed in orbit stays unclaimed — for now. Your transfer, Elon Musk.