Blue Origin is launching its next commercial rocket this week after a brief delay due to bad weather. Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard Rocket Has No Pilots, But Has Ultra-Wealthy Customers On Board
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The next spaceflight for Blue Origin had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but will take place later this week.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard ship will take off from the company’s launch site in Texas and the flight will be called “NS-20” because it is the 20th flight of a New Shepard vehicle.
Billionaire Bezos, who will not be on board, has already become the second billionaire in space, although he was the first to cross the famous “Karman line”.
The Karman Line is the point where the atmosphere is too thin for conventional aircraft to stay airborne. Richard Branson was the first billionaire to cross the 50 mile mark, which is the start of space according to NASA.
The flight was also supposed to have comedian Pete Davidson on board, but he had to pull out after the flight was postponed.
When is the next Blue Origin flight?
The next Blue Origin flight will be Thursday, March 31 at 1:30 p.m. local time, weather permitting.
The flight will only last about 11 minutes and will pull passengers up to 60 miles above Earth, before using old trusty gravity to descend safely.
Blue Origin said on Twitter, “#NewShepard Mission Operations has successfully completed Flight Readiness Review and weather is the only remaining factor in getting to launch.”
How to watch the Blue Origin flight?
Space enthusiasts hoping to watch the upcoming Blue Origin flight can tune in to a Thursday morning webcast via YouTube.
In the build-up, the channel also features plenty of videos from previous flights, as well as insight into how the company works and how the rockets are made.
Who’s on the next Blue Origin flight?
The next Blue Origin flight has an assortment of influential business people on board, including Marty Allen, Jim Kitchen, George Nield, and Sharon and Marc Hagle.
Gary Lai is the only non-paying passenger in the fight, who was assigned a spot as an employee of Blue Origin and architect of New Shepard.
Allen, meanwhile, is a former CEO of a party supply chain and runs a closet design company. He said: “I used to build rockets and play with them when I was a kid. I always dreamed of space.”
Kitchen is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and teaches courses in entrepreneurship.
He’s a great traveler and has visited all 193 member countries of the UN, so he might just enjoy looking at Earth from a different perspective.
Commercial Space Technologies chairman and founder Nield will also be on board and has worked to promote space tourism, while Sharon and Marc Hagle will be the first married couple to fly together on a commercial spaceflight.
Sharon is the founder of the non-profit organization SpaceKids Global, which aims to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology engineering, art and math.
Blue Origin has been pretty quiet on ticket prices, but they are believed to cost between £150,000 and £220,000, based on 2018 estimates. One bidder, Oliver Daemen, won a space ticket for just a little over £21million at auction.
Thursday’s flight was originally supposed to have comedian Pete Davidson on board, but he canceled after his schedule didn’t match the rearranged flight.