On July 20, one other billionaire is scheduled to take one other rocket to the sting of area. Jeff Bezos, the founding father of Amazon, based his rocket firm, Blue Origin, with a imaginative and prescient of hundreds of thousands of individuals residing and dealing in area sooner or later.
However the firm’s first automobile, New Shepard, has way more modest ambitions. Like Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, it’s designed to take folks on quick suborbital journeys offering about 4 minutes of weightlessness.
In contrast to SpaceShipTwo, New Shepard is a extra conventional rocket, launched upward earlier than the capsule detaches from a booster rocket. The booster returns to make a vertical touchdown, a lot because the bigger Falcon 9 rockets operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX do, whereas the capsule descends again to the bottom beneath a parachute.
New Shepard additionally rises above the 62-mile-high Karman line.
Blue Origin highlighted this truth, and several other different options of New Shepard, in a tweet on Friday that in contrast the spacecraft with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.
Mr. Bezos later wished Mr. Branson and Virgin Galactic “a profitable and secure flight tomorrow,” in a publish on his Instagram account. He added, “Better of luck!”