The richest man on the planet, business tycoon Jeff Bezos, to take on the edge of space in two days. The founder of Blue Origin is due to be a part of the all-civilian crew for a planned 11-minute ride to the edge of space. It is scheduled to launch from a West Texas site.
AsiaOne stated that the mission is expected to kick off on Tuesday at 8 am ET if weather permits. This history will be live-streamed and will have a running live blog with updates. Bezos will be accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos, trailblazing octogenarian woman aviator Wallu Fink and a person who paid $28mn for a spot aboard the spacecraft.
New Shepard is an 18.3-meters-tall, fully autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo which cannot be piloted from inside the spacecraft, as mentioned by news Asia one. It is a suborbital rocket that launches in a vertical position like a traditional rocket launch. The flight will take the passengers to about 62miles up (100Km) which will later return by parachute. The position is designed to speed up the aerial launch to 2,200 miles per hour in space. It will be completely different from Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane of fellow rival Richard Branson. This extraterrestrial journey will take place exactly after 9 days of the Bransons trip.