Jeff Bezos, former Amazon CEO and richest man in the world, will try to reach Earth orbit this Tuesday (20). The executive — owner of a fortune estimated at US$ 177 billion — aims to demonstrate that Blue Origin, its own space tourism company, is close to offering commercial space flights. The mission, which was already of paramount importance to Bezos, took on a personal air after Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group and consequently of Virgin Galactic, “bored their eyes” on a beautiful space trip on the 11th.
The launch of the New Shepard reusable vehicle is scheduled for 09:00 GMT, but Blue Origin will begin broadcasting live as early as 08:30. In addition to Bezos, the startup’s first manned flight will be composed of his brother, Mark Bezos; American aviator Wally Funk; and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old Dutchman who purchased a pass for an undisclosed amount. He will become the youngest person to visit the space.. The mission would also have a fourth passenger with an unknown identity, but this one withdrew from the inaugural flight due to “schedule conflicts”.
You may watch Blue Origin’s inaugural manned flight through the main page of the company’s official website. The journey is estimated to take around 11 minutes.