Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, joined the astronaut club on Tuesday aboard the first manned flight for his company Blue Origin, marking a new stage for the burgeoning space tourism industry. The launch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., you can follow the above preparations from 1:30 p.m.
The mission intervenes nine days after Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson also crossed the confines of Earth’s atmosphere, topping the post of the former CEO of Amazon in this battle of billionaires.
But Jeff Bezos, 57, insists: “It is not a competition“. “The first one who was in space was Yuri Gagarin, and that was a long time ago“, he assured Monday on the NBC channel, in reference to the Soviet hero of the space conquest in 1961.
“It’s about building a road to space for future generations to do amazing things there.“, he said.
The founder of Amazon created Blue Origin in 2000 with the goal, one day, of building floating space colonies, endowed with artificial gravity and where millions of people could work and live.
New Shepard, the rocket from Blue Origin, “is just the beginning“, launched Sunday at a press conference Bob Smith, the general manager of the aerospace company.