U.S. regulator approves Blue Origin manned space flight program

With the space travel company Virgin Galaxy successfully sending its founder Richard Branson to the edge of space, everyone’s eyes are now on Blue Origin and its Founder Jeff Bezos (Jeff Bezos).

U.S. regulator approves Blue Origin manned space flight program

Tencent Technology News, July 13, with the space travel company Virgin Galaxy (Virgin Galaxy) successfully sent its founder Richard Branson (Richard Branson) to the edge of space, now everyone’s eyes are focused on Blue Origin (Blue Origin) and its founder Jeff Bezos (Jeff Bezos).

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday that the agency has approved Blue Origin’s manned space flight plan, allowing the company to use the New Shepard launch system to send humans into space. Bezos will take the Blue Origin suborbital spacecraft to the edge of space on July 20.

The FAA confirmed that Blue Origin was allowed to carry humans during the period of its license until August, and was allowed to perform these tasks at its launch site No. 1 facility in Texas. Blue Origin was required to verify the safety of the hardware and software of its launch vehicle during the test flight, and the FAA confirmed that it meets regulatory requirements.

The Blue Origin flight will take place a week after space tourism competitor Virgin Galactic successfully sent the crew including Branson to the edge of space. Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and their rival Elon Musk, the space company SpaceX, are working hard to create a new era of conventional commercial and civilian space travel. This race is called “Billionaire Space competition”.

UBS estimates that the value of the space tourism market will reach $3 billion in ten years, and proving that rocket travel is safe for the public is of paramount importance.

At the same time, Blue Origin disclosed some details of the company’s first manned space flight. It is reported that the live broadcast of the 16th space flight of the New Shepard will begin on BlueOrigin.com at 6:30 am on the 20th, and the launch is scheduled for 8 am. The reason Bezos set the launch date on July 20 is because that day is the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

In May of this year, Bezos determined the date of the first flight and invited his brother Mark to join him. Accompanied by the Bezos brothers on this mission included the $28 million mysterious auction winner and Wally Funk, one of the last surviving members of the “Mercury 13 Project.” Elected as “VIP”.

A Blue Origin spokesperson said that the launch site will be located in a remote location in the western Texas desert and there will not be any on-site public viewing areas. In addition, the Texas Department of Transportation will close some sections of Interstate 54 to prevent spectators from getting too close to the launch site.

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