Jeff Bezos (the billionaire founder and former CEO at Amazon) fulfilled a dream last month by going into space. Blue Origin, the US magnate, created the New Shepard ship. It left on Tuesday, July 20. This is not the first time a private company has sent people into space. Bezos traveled with his brother Mark, who was not alone. Daemen, a Dutch student, was also present. Mary Wallace Funk, a female pilot, was also there. She was one of the few women who had to go through the same selection process as NASA astronauts, but was denied the chance to fly a rocket until now.
At the moment, three private companies are leading the charge in space racing advancements and new milestones: SpaceX, owned South African billionaire Elon Musk, Virgin Galactic, an English businessman Richard Branson, and Blue Origin.
SpaceX is already a major in the space industry. SpaceX regularly transports astronauts and cargoes to and from NASA and the International Space Station. It has deployed over 1,500 satellites in the Starlink constellation to provide internet access everywhere. The Starship rocket is being developed for Mars missions.
New Glenn is a larger, reusable rocket that will be used in satellite launches. It has been in development for more than a decade. Efforts to win large government contracts such as the US Department of Defense satellite-launch contract have not yielded any success so far. Blue Origin’s hopes that NASA will use a lunar lander to transport astronauts has been thwarted by NASA, who said it only had money for one design.
The ultimate dream space trip
The space flight was as expected. The capsule and rocket, named New Shepard after Alan Shepard, first American to orbit the earth, lifted off from Van Horn’s launch site. There was a thin jet of exhaust gases and fire coming out of their rocket engines at 8:11 AM Central Time.
After the booster ran out of fuel, the capsule was released from the rocket at an elevation of 75 km. Both pieces continued to ascend until 66.5 miles. They also crossed the 106-kilometer mark that is commonly considered outer space.
The capsule was free to fall for about four minutes, and passengers let go of their seatbelts. The capsule descended vertically, and it activated its parachutes. It landed softly in a cloud of dust.
The entire experience lasted for ten minutes, 10 seconds. The four crew members left the ship feeling euphoric, and they greeted their family and friends with hugs a few minutes later.
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