World’s wealthiest man and the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos completed his 11-minute space voyage on his rocket Blue Origin after flying on the edge of space.
Jeff Bezos and three others landed after Blue Origin’s first trip to space with travellers onboard, a critical achievement in the organisation’s push to build a road to space.
The organisation’s capsule landed in West Texas at about 8:22 a.m. local time, approximately 10 minutes after it dispatched on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. The group was to encounter a couple of moments of weightlessness as the ship took off past the Karman line at an elevation of around 62 miles (100 km) over the Earth. The capsule then, at that point, floated back to the Earth underneath six parachutes.
The successful mission covers a month-long space tourism endeavor, following a nine-day trip to the heavens by the UK billionaire Richard Branson on a special plane made by Virgin Galactic Holdings In., a rival to the Blue Origin. Both companies plan to allure the super-rich to pay a huge sum for an unique travel experience.
Blue Origin built tension around the trip with a very much advanced auction. A mysterious bidder offered $28 million to fly with Bezos. However, what Blue Origin reported as a planning struggle left an opening for Oliver Daemen, the 18-year-old child of a Dutch investor. Also on board: Bezos’ siblings Mark, 53, and Wally Funk, 82, a previous astronaut apprentice. Funk was the eldest individual to head out to space, and Daemen the youngest.
Despite the competition for space tourism, the aim is to make such excursions a routine on rockets that are reused like regular flights. The New Shepard booster will come back to the landing pad so that it can be reused rather than dismantling in the atmosphere, thus lowering the cost of space travel making it more accessible. Blue Origin hasn’t disclosed the expected price of space travel or the amount paid by the teenager.