The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, is preparing to launch a Blue Origin rocket on April 29, ready to send humans into space.
All of this was done at the Blue Origin test facility in Van Horn, Texas, as Bezos’ new Shepard rocket is expected to board passengers by the end of the year. The launch time is scheduled at 8:30 am Central time on Sunday, April 29.
In the tweets, Bezos announced that the upcoming test version will be combined with real-time streaming video, details of which will soon be introduced.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 29, 2018
Bezos issued a tweet on Friday morning and said: “With the progress in human space flight, the new Shepard’s 8th test flight is in progress.
In December 2017, Blue Origin launched a successful vertical launch and reached approximately 61 miles of sea level before unmanned Capsule 2.0 landed safely on a soft parachute.
The crew capsule rides a dummy called Mannequin Skywalker. There is currently no information on the virtual names published this week.
Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith said in a statement that they want to ensure that passengers land safely. He added that their goal is to ride passengers over 62 miles and let them experience a few minutes of weightlessness.
Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are proud to build a reusable space vehicle. Vertical Landing Technology allows Blue Origin to reuse capsules and boosters.
“Every flight, [they] will continue to increase the affordability of space exploration and research and open space for everyone,” said Blue Origin.
Bezos said in an interview with the 33rd Space Museum that he annually funds $1 billion in blue origin by selling Amazon stock.
According to Bezos, his space company is the most important thing he is doing and added that he hopes to see millions of people working in space and save the earth for residential and light industrial purposes.
Although the new Shepard is still in the testing phase, Blue Origin is still working on another rocket, which is said to be in direct confrontation with SpaceX commercial launch contract.
Like New Shepard, the idea of a new rocket also takes into account reusability. In this case, the rocket provides twice as much passenger space. However, New Glenn is not ready yet until 2020 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
It is expected that the private aerospace industry will grow in the next few years. In particular, the United States Congress passed a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States to increase its support for commercial space activities.
The bill aims to increase the budget allocation for the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Office from nearly $22.6 million in 2018 to $33 million in 2019 and will increase by nearly $76 million by 2023.
The FAA Re-Entitlement Act of 2018 will allow aircraft with experimental licenses for aerospace “support” activities such as training or hardware testing.
However, these space vehicles will have to be launched at FAA-licensed ports, and those who are about to fly will have to provide their informed consent regarding the risks associated with the experimental license.