The New Shepard spacecraft, developed by Bezos‘ company Blue Origin, was launched from Texas, USA. The spacecraft, carrying billionaire Bezos and 3 other people with him, went to an altitude of about 107 kilometers.
The flight, whose crew consisted entirely of civilians, and which was “the first flight without a pilot” in history, lasted about 10 minutes.
Accompanying Bezos on the flight were his brother Mark Bezos, as well as 82-year-old American female aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, son of the CEO of Somerset Capitals Partner. Oliver Daemen became the “youngest spacecraft” and Funk the “oldest”.
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‘Best Day Ever’
According to CNN, Bezos was heard saying “The best day ever” in the capsule after the landing. It was later reported that Bezos told 82-year-old Wally Funk that the trip was “incredible”, to which Funk replied, “It was.”
“I’m incredibly well,” said Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos‘ brother, after landing.
The Largest Windowed Capsule Ever Launched Into Space
While the New Shepard spacecraft, a fully autonomous rocket-capsule combination, is being developed to serve in the field of space tourism in the future; It is said to be the largest windowed capsule ever launched into space.
British businessman Sir Richard Bronson also traveled to an altitude of 100 kilometers from the point where space begins, with the vehicle developed by his company Virgin Galactic on July 11. The Unity-22 spacecraft, carrying 6 people, including Branson, was launched from the US state of New Mexico, and the vehicle landed on the earth with Branson and its companions without any problems.