Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin sends another crew to space
In what was the company’s third human spaceflight, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin sent another crew to space on Saturday.
It is the latest spaceflight, the 13th to be precise, in what has been a historic year for space exploration.
On board the New Shepard spacecraft were four customers who paid for the opportunity, along with two guests.
Laura Shepard Churchley, the daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American to go into space, and an elated Michael Strahan, the former NFL player, were among those in attendance.
Churchley made the point via a live stream that while her father remained strapped to his seat, she was able to enjoy the full experience of space by floating around in zero gravity.
“I’m very proud of my father’s legacy. I believe he would say the same thing as my children: go for it!”— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) December 7, 2021
Laura Shepard Churchley is ready to reach space and continue to inspire the next generation of space explorers. pic.twitter.com/vcnScFFaLp
The autonomous flight took place shortly after 10am ET, while the total flight time was 10 minutes and 13 seconds.
The flight confirms that Blue Origin is building a strong space tourism business capable of bringing paying customers higher than 60 miles, where many suggest the edge of space begins.