On July 20, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket will launch its first crewed mission, carrying billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and three other passengers to suborbital space and back.
Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Mercury 13 and aviation pioneer Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemon will launch from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas at 6:45 p.m. NST (+5:45 GMT).
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and his New Shepard made the rounds on television today to discuss the company’s upcoming First Human Flight mission, and the billionaire revealed something surprising about the mission.
When Bezos and his three crew members (his brother Mark, Mercury 13 pioneer Wally Funk, and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen) launch, they will not be wearing pressurized spacesuits. Instead, they’ll be outfitted in Blue Origin’s standard flight suits.
Today is the final day of training for the New Shepard astronauts, which includes ingress and egress practice for getting into and out of the spacecraft, emergency escape plans, and fire emergency training.
Blue Origin‘s Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas, will launch on Tuesday, July 20 at 6:45 p.m. NST (+5:45 GMT).
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Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American business magnate, media proprietor, and investor.
Bezos is the founder and executive chairman of Amazon, having previously served as chairman, president, and CEO of the company.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, has a net worth of US$206 billion.
He stepped down as Amazon’s CEO this month, but he remains the company’s executive chairman.