Jeff Bezos has finally made his dream come true today as he boarded the New Shepard capsule of his aerospace company Blue Origin for a suborbital space journey. During a status check after landing back on Earth, the company founder encapsulated the trip as the “best day ever.”
The Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) founder landed back safely on Earth with crew members: his brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen. 82-year old Funk is a former aviator who has been denied to join NASA’s astronauts’ corps because of her gender and lack of military experience. 18-year old Daeman was originally scheduled to take the second Blue Origin flight to space but he became part of the first flight crew after the auction winner for the last seat backed out due to schedule conflicts. Daeman’s father, Somerset Capital Partners CEO Joes Daemen, also invested in the space flight for an undisclosed amount.
The space capsule was launched from Van Horn, Texas and made touchdown after 10 minutes and 10 seconds in suborbital space. The New Shepard capsule is fully automated, hence there’s no requirement for the passengers to be technically trained in aeronautics.
After the successful flight, Daeman and Funk have become the youngest and oldest person to fly to space, respectively.
This is Blue Origin’s first crewed space flight but 15th successful mission overall. According to the company’s website, details on New Shepard human space flight seat sales open to the public will be announced soon.
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