A flight that makes more than a budding astronaut dream. On July 20, billionaire Jeff Bezos will settle in a capsule of his company Blue Origin and make his first trip to space.
How will the flight go?
The date is not chosen at random. July 20 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. To mark the occasion, Jeff Bezos will fly from Texas aboard the New Shepard capsule, which can accommodate 6 people. If all goes well, the trip should last eleven minutes, enough time to make a suborbital trajectory.
The objective is therefore to take off and make a parabolic trajectory whose peak exceeds 100 kilometers in height. After this border, called the Kármán line, the vessel is considered to have entered space. Just before, the rocket launcher will have detached and will return to Earth, since it is reusable. Once the descent is complete, the capsule must land in the Texan desert.
Who will accompany him?
Ever since he embarked on the space race, Jeff Bezos has said it is a child’s dream. And that’s why he decided to take his brother, Mark, with him. In a video shared on social networks, he explains wanting to take his “best friend” on “the greatest of adventures”.
But that’s not all. Another space traveler will join the suborbital flight. Indeed, a ticket was auctioned to accompany the two Bezos. The lucky winner paid $ 28 million to be part of the adventure.
One more step in space tourism
Since the beginning of the year, companies have multiplied the announcements concerning space flights for tourists. Indeed, billionaire Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, has announced that a first trip should take place next September. On the other hand, he should not be part of the crew unlike his rival.
But the two men could be pawned by another space entrepreneur. Indeed, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, could take part in a test flight on July 4. His company, like Blue Origin for Bezos, primarily seeks to sell tickets for suborbital travel. If successful, it’s a safe bet that takeoffs for space will begin to multiply in the months and years to come.