Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and later a private space entrepreneur and philanthropist, boarded a 60-foot rocket in the West Texas Desert early Tuesday to go downstream in space.
The rocket is made by his private space company Blue Origin, and plans to push the world’s richest man and three others to an altitude of more than 100 kilometers.
Before their space capsule floats back to the desert ground under three parachutes, they will experience weightlessness for three to four minutes and observe the earth through a huge porthole that the company calls “the largest window in space.”
Bezos climbed the tower 30 minutes before the planned launch, and after boarding the rocket in the Rivian electric van-Amazon plans to turn this car into the main force of its e-commerce delivery. After early fears that a storm might interrupt flight preparations, the sky was already bright on the desert ground.
The Amazon founder has been criticized for spending billions of dollars on personal short trips in space, but he refuted claims that he is rejecting more serious problems on Earth. “We will build a road to space and do some amazing things to solve the problems on Earth,” he told CNN before the flight on Tuesday.
He once said that the development of space will eventually reduce the burden on the earth, and claimed: “All polluting industries will leave the earth, and the earth will eventually be classified as a residential area.”
This 11-minute tour marks the start of Blue Origin’s suborbital space tourism business and is also the biggest step to date in Bezos’ grand plan to transform humans into space civilization.
This trip took place after years of slow progress that consumed his billions of dollars of personal wealth. Two weeks ago, the 57-year-old resigned as CEO of Amazon to release his personal enthusiasm.
The e-commerce pioneer was defeated by Sir Richard Branson, who reached an altitude of 86 kilometers in a Virgin Galactic space plane nine days ago. But even though the British entrepreneur has set his sights on space tourism, Bezos has broader plans.
Blue Origin is also developing giant rockets that can enter orbit, a series of engines it provides to other rocket companies, and a lunar lander-things he claims will benefit from his company’s first foray into the edge of space.
The new Shepard rocket, named after American astronaut Alan Shepard, was originally scheduled to be launched from a location near Van Horn. This is a monotonous dilapidated motel surrounded by With sagebrush and bushes, locals have always hoped that new space adventures will boost economic growth.
A rare color and hope signifies the optimism that Amazon’s founders promised to bring to the region. A large mural painted in a corner of the city depicts a smiling Bezos in a heroic pose wearing aviator glasses. The blue earth loomed behind him.
The launch marked the first time that a rocket paid passenger was developed and operated entirely by a private company. 18-year-old Oliver Daemen is the son of a Dutch hedge fund manager. Due to what the company called a “scheduling conflict”, the winner of an unnamed auction seat was placed on the plane at the last minute.
Bezos’ brother Mark and 82-year-old Wally Fink were the first female members of NASA to receive astronaut training. They will also take the Blue Origin flight, which is its first passenger flight. .