Jeff Bezos successfully competed a flight into space on 20 July 2021 aboard the rocket New Shepard, produced by his company Blue Origin, together with 3 other passengers Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen. They all became astronauts officially when they passed the Kármán Line, the internationally recognized boundary of space.
The flight lasted for around 10 minutes in total, from takeoff to landing, and passengers experienced weightlessness for a few minutes in space.
The reusable rocket booster landed safely
Followed shortly after by the capsule
The full video of the trip (I’ve set the start time to when it launches (1:48:28) and the useful bit lasts about 11 minutes)
also on YouTube at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMHhXzpwupU)
Blue Origin was founded by Jeff Bezos with the vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. Their launch site, Launch Site One, is in a remote location in the West Texas desert. New Shepard became the first commercial vehicle under a suborbital reusable launch vehicle license to fly paying customers, both payloads and astronauts, to space and back.
The rocket in more detail:
The Crew Capsule is pressurized and environmentally controlled for passenger comfort. There is room for six passengers. Every person onboard is a passenger—there are no pilots.
Ring and Wedge fins are aerodynamically designed to stabilize the booster rocket and reduce fuel on its flight back to Earth.
Drag Brakes deploy from the ring fin to reduce the boosters speed by half on its descent from space.
The Engine (Blue Engine 3) propels the rocket into space and restarts for a controlled landing on the pad which slows the booster down to 5 mph for landing. The engine uses a mix of liquid hydrogen and oxygen as fuel.
Aft fins stabilize the rocket during ascent, steer it back to the landing pad and guide the rocket through an airspeed of up to Mach 4.
The landing gear deploys for touchdown.
Definitely will provide competition with Richard Bransons’ Virgin Galactic but which provides a better experience ?