When Amazon founder Jeff Bezos offered her a seat on the first crewed flight of his space tourism enterprise Blue Origin, it was an invitation aviator Wally Funk had waited six decades to receive.
Blue Origin is a private spaceflight company based in Kent, Washington that is working to send tourists to space on its reusable suborbital rocket called New Shepard. The company was created in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com.
In 2015, Blue Origin made history by successfully launching and landing a reusable rocket for the first time. The company is currently developing a lunar lander called Blue Moon that will make robotic cargo deliveries to the lunar surface, and it is partnering with SpaceX and Dynetics to develop a human-rated moon lander that will carry astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024 under NASA's Artemis Program.
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Blue Origin has cleared its New Shepard rocket to launch billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and three others on a suborbital trip on July 20.
Here's everything you need to know about Blue Origin's launch of Jeff Bezos and his crew on the New Shepard spacecraft July 20, 2021.
The crew aboard Blue Origin's first astronaut launch on Tuesday (July 20) will take a giant leap into the unknown when they fly the first automated flight with an all-civilian crew.
Blue Origin is in the final countdown to launch is first crewed flight on Tuesday (July 20) and the company will have an all-civilian crew aboard.
An 82-year-old Mercury 13 aviator and an 18-year-old physics student will fly on the all-civilian crew.
Two spaceflight experts consulted by Live Science said that Jeff Bezos had decent odds of surviving his upcoming ride into space
New Shepard is a rocket manufactured by Blue Origin for space tourism. It is designed to take up to six passengers into suborbital space inside of a crew capsule.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the spaceflight company Blue Origin, will donate $200 million to the Smithsonian, the Institution announced Wednesday (July 14).
Jeff Bezos, who made his fortune as the founder of Amazon also created Blue Origin, a space company focused on bringing humans into suborbit.
An anonymous auction winner who paid $28 million for the opportunity will fly in the future due to a scheduling conflict.
Blue Origin's nonprofit Club for the Future is donating $1 million apiece to 19 space organizations. The money was raised by selling a seat on Blue Origin's upcoming first crewed spaceflight.
Richard Bransons' flight Sunday (July 11) was just the first of two planned billionaire spaceflights this month. Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos is scheduled to fly on July 20.
As the billionaire space race heats up between Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, it's easy to get the wrong message.
Richard Branson's path to space has been quite a bit longer and more circuitous than he anticipated.
For the tiny few of us who can afford to pay for a trip in space, Blue Origin is already ramping up its marketing against competitor Virgin Galactic.
This month, two billionaires will take to the skies in a pair of historic suborbital spaceflights that mark a dramatic change in what it takes to become an astronaut.
Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson denied that he is in a billionaire space race with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.