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Jeff Bezos prepares for space flight

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Jeff Bezos prepares for space flight Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0100-The trip will see the space tourists take a brief trip off the Earth before coming back down again. Mr Bezos has promoted the trip as a breakthrough moment for …

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Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin spacecraft get ready for first trip – follow live

July 20, 2021

Andrew Griffin@_andrew_griffin

Tuesday 20 July 2021 12:56

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Watch live as Jeff Bezos launches himself into space

Jeff Bezos and three fellow passengers are about to make a pioneering journey into space.

The trip will see the space tourists take a brief trip off the Earth before coming back down again.

Mr Bezos has promoted the trip as a breakthrough moment for space tourism, which arguably represents the first time that paying, civilian passengers have been sent to space on board a private rocket. It is also the first time that humans have ever ridden on board a spacecraft made by the Amazon founder’s private space company, Blue Origin.

But at the same time, the trip has been criticised by many as an indulgence, with the billionaire spending money and other resources that could be better used to improve life on Earth.

The launch window is set to open at 1pm UK time, or 9am eastern, and you can follow all of the latest updates here.

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The ever-streaming NASASpaceflight, who do a great job tracking launches from SpaceX to Nasa, are now live from the Blue Origin launch site. You can see their video here:

They have noted that the connection isn’t great at the West Texas location, so the quality might suffer later on. It’s looking good for now though.

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Blue Origin’s live stream of today is up already, if you want to set a bookmark, tell it to remind you, or do anything else. You can find it here:

We’ll also be streaming the launch live on this page.

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… And Elon Musk has sent his good wishes, too.

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 09:18
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Here, from the Associated Press, is how everything looks this morning:

Jeff Bezos is about to soar on his space travel company's first flight with people on board.

The founder of Blue Origin as well as Amazon on Tuesday will become the second billionaire to ride his own rocket. He'll launch from West Texas with his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever hurtle off the planet.

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket is set to blast off with its eclectic group of passengers on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Bezos is aiming for an altitude of roughly 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Richard Branson's ride on July 11.

The capsule is fully automated, so there's no need for trained staff on the quick up-and-down flight, expected to last just 10 minutes. Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket plane needs two pilots to operate.

Bezos' dream-come-true trip follows 15 successful test flights to space by New Shepard rockets since 2015, all of them unoccupied. If successful, Blue Origin plans two more passenger flights by year's end.

The company has yet to open ticket sales to the public and is filling upcoming flights with those who took part in last month's $28 million charity auction for the fourth capsule seat. The mystery winner bowed out of Tuesday's launch because of a scheduling conflict. That opened up the slot for Oliver Daemen, a college-bound student from the Netherlands whose father was among the unsuccessful bidders.

Also flying: Bezos' younger brother Mark and Wally Funk, one of 13 female pilots who went through the same testing back in the early 1960s as NASA's Mercury astronauts, but failed to make the cut because they were women.

Not everyone in the remote, desert town of Van Horn was excited about the drama unfolding 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the north.

“It's a luxury that's going to be set aside for the wealthy,” said pizza shop owner Jesus Ramirez. He planned to watch the morning launch from his restaurant's patio with a cup of coffee.

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Just hours before Jeff Bezos launches, Elon Musk and SpaceX have threatened to upstage him with a big launch of their own.

The company did a static fire test of its Starlink Heavy Booster, which is a big step towards getting the spacecraft into operation. It is the first test of its kind – and though no humans were involved and it didn’t even leave the ground, it’s arguably as important for space travel as Bezos’s trip.

Musk seems excited, if that exclamation mark is anything to go by:

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 08:37
Andrew Griffin@_andrew_griffin

Tuesday 20 July 2021 12:56

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Watch live as Jeff Bezos launches himself into space

Jeff Bezos and three fellow passengers are about to make a pioneering journey into space.

The trip will see the space tourists take a brief trip off the Earth before coming back down again.

Mr Bezos has promoted the trip as a breakthrough moment for space tourism, which arguably represents the first time that paying, civilian passengers have been sent to space on board a private rocket. It is also the first time that humans have ever ridden on board a spacecraft made by the Amazon founder’s private space company, Blue Origin.

But at the same time, the trip has been criticised by many as an indulgence, with the billionaire spending money and other resources that could be better used to improve life on Earth.

The launch window is set to open at 1pm UK time, or 9am eastern, and you can follow all of the latest updates here.

1626780481

The ever-streaming NASASpaceflight, who do a great job tracking launches from SpaceX to Nasa, are now live from the Blue Origin launch site. You can see their video here:

They have noted that the connection isn’t great at the West Texas location, so the quality might suffer later on. It’s looking good for now though.

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 12:28
1626776401

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 11:20
1626776185

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 11:16
1626770610

Blue Origin’s live stream of today is up already, if you want to set a bookmark, tell it to remind you, or do anything else. You can find it here:

We’ll also be streaming the launch live on this page.

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 09:43
1626769103

… And Elon Musk has sent his good wishes, too.

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 09:18
1626767494

Here, from the Associated Press, is how everything looks this morning:

Jeff Bezos is about to soar on his space travel company's first flight with people on board.

The founder of Blue Origin as well as Amazon on Tuesday will become the second billionaire to ride his own rocket. He'll launch from West Texas with his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever hurtle off the planet.

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket is set to blast off with its eclectic group of passengers on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Bezos is aiming for an altitude of roughly 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Richard Branson's ride on July 11.

The capsule is fully automated, so there's no need for trained staff on the quick up-and-down flight, expected to last just 10 minutes. Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket plane needs two pilots to operate.

Bezos' dream-come-true trip follows 15 successful test flights to space by New Shepard rockets since 2015, all of them unoccupied. If successful, Blue Origin plans two more passenger flights by year's end.

The company has yet to open ticket sales to the public and is filling upcoming flights with those who took part in last month's $28 million charity auction for the fourth capsule seat. The mystery winner bowed out of Tuesday's launch because of a scheduling conflict. That opened up the slot for Oliver Daemen, a college-bound student from the Netherlands whose father was among the unsuccessful bidders.

Also flying: Bezos' younger brother Mark and Wally Funk, one of 13 female pilots who went through the same testing back in the early 1960s as NASA's Mercury astronauts, but failed to make the cut because they were women.

Not everyone in the remote, desert town of Van Horn was excited about the drama unfolding 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the north.

“It's a luxury that's going to be set aside for the wealthy,” said pizza shop owner Jesus Ramirez. He planned to watch the morning launch from his restaurant's patio with a cup of coffee.

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 08:51
1626766667

Just hours before Jeff Bezos launches, Elon Musk and SpaceX have threatened to upstage him with a big launch of their own.

The company did a static fire test of its Starlink Heavy Booster, which is a big step towards getting the spacecraft into operation. It is the first test of its kind – and though no humans were involved and it didn’t even leave the ground, it’s arguably as important for space travel as Bezos’s trip.

Musk seems excited, if that exclamation mark is anything to go by:

Andrew Griffin20 July 2021 08:37


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