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Livestream from 1:30 p.m .: Jeff Bezos flies into space with Blue Origin

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wants to fly into space today, Tuesday, and also reach the internationally accepted limit to space at a height of 100 kilometers. With that, the richest man in the world would surpass the British Richard Branson in the billionaires race, who had flown 86 kilometers high on the VSS Unity just a few days ago. The first manned launch of Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is now to take place at 3 p.m. CEST, from 1:30 p.m. there will be a separate live stream. Bezos is accompanied on the flight by his brother Mark, the 82-year-old US pilot Wally Funk and the 18-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemen.

For Blue Origin, the upcoming flight is the first take off with people on board after almost two dozen tests. The private space company relies on flights just above the internationally defined limit of space. In specially developed space capsules, the passengers are shot with rockets over this so-called Kármán line, whereupon they experience weightlessness for a few minutes. Meanwhile, you can look down on the spherical shape of the earth from large windows. The capsule then sinks back to earth on a parachute. There is space for six people in the space capsule, a crew is not provided.

While the spaceship of the British billionaire Richard Branson took off several times with a crew before his first flight, Bezos insists on being on board right now for the premiere. With the flight, Blue Origin’s space tourism business will begin, with two more to follow this year, reports Ars Technica. According to this, there should be around a dozen in the coming year. For a long time it had been said that a ticket for such a flight would cost at least 200,000 US dollars, after the immense interest in the fourth free seat next to Bezos, observers assume that at least one million US dollars each for the seats on the first flights. Dollars to be paid.

On his first space flight, Jeff Bezos is not only accompanied by his brother Mark, but also by an 82-year-old pilot named Wally Funk. As a participant in a private program that went down in history under the name “Mercury 13”, 60 years ago she had passed all the physiological and psychological tests that the male astronauts had also taken. But because back then only men were sent into space for the USA, it never flew into space. Only now does her dream come true. The fourth seat was bought for 28 million US dollars, but the anonymous person cannot because of scheduling problems. The place is taken by Oliver Daemen, whose father had bid for him at the auction. This means that both the oldest and the youngest human will reach space during the flight.


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