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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin area tourism flight launches July 20 


A New Shepard rocket launches on a take a look at flight.

Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos’ area enterprise Blue Origin will launch its first astronaut crew to area on July 20, flying on its area tourism rocket referred to as New Shepard, the corporate introduced Wednesday.

The corporate has but to open ticket gross sales or launch pricing details about New Shepard flights, however will host a public public sale for a seat on the primary crewed launch.

A sealed on-line public sale will run till Might 19 and bids can go as much as $50,000 – with the corporate requiring further identification data and a $10,000 deposit for greater bids. Then, from Might 19 onwards, Blue Origin will maintain a public bidding course of – earlier than a ultimate reside on-line public sale on June 12.

“We’re auctioning off the primary seat to learn our basis Membership for the Future,” a Blue Origin video mentioned.

New Shepard is designed to hold as many as six individuals at a time on a trip previous the sting of area, with the capsules on earlier take a look at flights reaching an altitude of greater than 340,000 ft (or greater than 100 km). The capsule has huge home windows to offer passengers a view, spending a couple of minutes in zero gravity earlier than returning to Earth.

A seat and the view from inside a New Shepard capsule on the fringe of area.

Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos takes a take a look at the New Shepard rocket booster on the touchdown pad after a profitable NS-15 flight and touchdown in April 2021.

Blue Origin

The rocket launches vertically, with the booster detaching and returning to land at a concrete pad close by. The capsule’s return is slowed by a set of parachutes, earlier than softly touchdown within the desert.

The New Shepard crew capsule lands within the West Texas desert after the NS-15 mission on April 14, 2021.

Blue Origin

Blue Origin’s announcement comes on the sixtieth anniversary of the Mercury-Redstone 3 flight, which carried astronaut Alan Shepard – after whom Blue Origin named its rocket system – on the primary U.S. human spaceflight in 1961.

Moreover, July twentieth will mark the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings.

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