Around ten days after Richard Branson, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also wants to go on a short trip in his own spaceship. The billionaires race is about a lot of money.
After the British billionaire Richard Branson, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also wants to take a short trip into space on Tuesday. In addition to the US entrepreneur, his brother Mark, an 82-year-old former US pilot and an 18-year-old whose father gave him the flight, are said to be on board for the first manned space flight of his company Blue Origin.
Eldest and youngest person fly into space with Bezos
After the start, the spaceship ‘New Shepard’ is expected to accelerate to more than 3700 kilometers per hour within two minutes. After three minutes, weightlessness should begin before the capsule, which is then separated, reaches its highest point at a height of more than 100 kilometers above the earth. Then it is supposed to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere and land, slowed down by large parachutes, in the Texan desert. Overall, the trip should take around ten minutes.
The 82-year-old former US pilot Wally Funk would be the oldest person to have ever flown into space – 18-year-old Oliver Daemen would be the youngest. Daemen’s father, Dutch investment banker Joes Daemen, had participated in the auction for fourth place on board the ‘New Shepard’ in June, but had been outbid. The winner of the auction, who had bid $ 28 million and initially wanted to remain anonymous, could not be there this time due to a ‘scheduling conflict’ and would start at a later date, according to Blue Origin. How much money Daemen paid for the flight was not initially announced.
‘No competition’ but a media-effective and environmentally harmful excursion
About ten days ago, another billionaire, Branson, had already made a short excursion into space with his own spaceship. The ‘VSS Unity’ of his company Virgin Galactic rose to an altitude of around 86 kilometers in the US state of New Mexico on July 11th. It is therefore disputed among experts whether Branson was actually in space: The International Aviation Association (FAI) and many other experts see 100 kilometers above the earth as the limit to space, but there are no binding international regulations.
Bezos himself emphasized on Monday that his flight was ‘not a competition’: it was more about ‘building a path into space so that future generations can do incredible things in space’. Nevertheless, in addition to fulfilling their own dreams, the billionaires also hope to enter the space tourism business. Critics accuse them of wasting a lot of money regardless of the climate and largely without scientific research interests.
See in this video: The 82-year-old Wally Funk is supposed to accompany the billionaire Jeff Bezos on his planned flight into space.