Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Jeff Bezos And Three Crewmates Travel To Space And Back In Under 15 Minutes

 



Jeff Bezos And Three Crewmates Travel To Space And Back In Under 15 Minutes


The crew went 62 miles above Earth in minutes

The New Shepard suborbital flight path is designed to go higher than the Kármán Line, which is often considered the boundary of space: about 62 miles above Earth.

That line has been a sticking point in the space race between Bezos and Branson.

Branson's SpaceShipTwo hit a peak altitude of around 282,000 feet – higher than NASA's designated Earth-Space boundary of 50 miles, but short of the Kármán Line.

About three minutes into the flight, the booster separated from the crew capsule. Then the New Shepard passed the Kármán Line, with hoots of celebration heard over the in-shuttle audio.


A sonic boom was heard as the booster returned to Earth.


The capsule remained in the skies longer, floating against blue skies. At about the eight-minute mark of the flight, parachutes deployed from the capsule, to give the crew an easy touchdown.

The capsule touched down in the desert sand, and a soft plume of dust rose around them. All together, the mission lasted roughly 11 minutes from takeoff to touchdown.

After the capsule landed, cars arrived carrying crews to open the hatch and videographers to document the moment. Scant winds meant the capsule landed where it was expected to.

Jeff Bezos stepped off the capsule first, followed by Daemen. Then Funk emerged, her arms flung out in glee. Mark Bezos came out last, and the four embraced family and friends.


The start of a space tourism era

The launch is a big day for Bezos, but it's primarily an advertisement for Blue Origin's space tourism program. The company's webcast touted that interested viewers should get in touch about booking a spot on a future Blue Origin flight.

Two more flights are scheduled for 2021.






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