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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch Live Updates: New Shepard safely lands after historic flight

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launch Live Updates: Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight is expected to go about 106km high.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi |
Updated: July 20, 2021 7:26:41 pm
Blue Origin human flightBillionaire businessman Jeff Bezos and pioneering female aviator Wally Funk emerge from their capsule after their flight aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas, U.S., July 20, 2021 in a still image from video. (Blue Origin/Handout via REUTERS)

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch Live Updates: Jeff Bezos and three fellow passengers made a successful journey into space and landed back in West Texas on July 20.

Bezos personally invited two of his fellow passengers — his brother Mark Bezos, female aviation pioneer Wally Funk. They were joined by Oliver Daemen, a last-minute fill-in for the winner of a $28 million charity auction who had a scheduling conflict.

New Shepard’s rocket-and-capsule was launched vertically into the suborbital space. The rocket returned to the launchpad, while the capsule fell back to earth with parachutes assisting it make the landing in the West Texas desert.

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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launch Live Updates: Blue Origin will attempt its first crewed spaceflight today, as the company attempts to kick-start its space tourist program. Follow our live blog for the latest updates.

19:16 (IST)20 Jul 2021
NASA congratulates Blue Origin
19:14 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Jeff Bezos and team celebrate after their trip to suborbital space and back

18:55 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen landed back safely in West Texas
18:52 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Booster lands back
18:51 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Capsule separates from booster

18:47 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Capsule separates from booster
18:43 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Blue Origin's first human flight takes off
18:34 (IST)20 Jul 2021
The go poll was completed and New Shepard is now 'go for launch'

18:28 (IST)20 Jul 2021
What is New Shepard?

New Shepard is a rocket system that has been designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Karman line – the internationally recognized boundary of space. The idea is to provide easier and more cost-effective access to space meant for purposes such as academic research, corporate technology development and entrepreneurial ventures among others. Read more

18:25 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen are in their seats buckled up and final checks are underway
18:15 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Jeff Bezos and crew arrive at launchpad
18:14 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Virgin Galatic wished Blue Origin team
18:04 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Explained: How Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos will soar into space

Blue Origin’s 60-foot (18-meter) New Shepard rocket will accelerate toward space at three times the speed of sound, or Mach 3, before separating from the capsule and returning for an upright landing. The passengers will experience three to four minutes of weightlessness, before their capsule parachutes onto the desert just 10 minutes after liftoff. 

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18:03 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Space tourism: Difference between flights of Branson, Bezos and Musk

Last week, British businessman Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own rocket and as another billionaire entrepreneur, Jeff Bezos, is ‘go for launch’ today, here is a quick look at the difference between the different human spaceflight missions.

Type of vehicle

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic: SpaceShipTwo is a reusable space plane that can fly into suborbital space. The Spaceship was carried aboard the mothership VMS Eve and was released at about 50,000 feet above sea level. The spaceship fired its rocket engines and launched to the edge of space and landed back on the Spaceport runway.

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin: New Shepard’s rocket-and-capsule will be launched vertically into the suborbital space. They then separate and the rocket returns to the launchpad, while the capsule falls back to earth with parachutes assisting it make the landing in the West Texas desert.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX: The Dragon capsule will be launched by a reusable Falcon rocket. The spacecraft is also equipped with parachutes to stabilise the spacecraft during reentry and splashdown.

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Bezos caught the space bug at age 5 while watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing on July, 20, 1969. He chose the 52nd anniversary for his own launch.

Enamored by space history, Bezos named his New Shepard rocket after Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and his bigger, still-in-development New Glenn rocket after John Glenn, the first American in orbit.

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