How to follow Jeff Bezos' flight into space live with Blue Origin

How to follow Jeff Bezos' flight into space live with Blue Origin

The launch is scheduled for 3 pm, Italian time, on 20 July. What you need to know about the crew on board the mission

(photo: Blue Origin) The launch is scheduled for 3pm, Italian time. But the live broadcast of the departure for Space of Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, aboard the New Shepard unit of his Blue Origin, will begin at 13.30 on July 20 and can be followed live both on the company's social channels and on the site. The launch will take place from a spaceport in the West Texas desert and the US Department of Transportation has already anticipated the partial closure of State 54 and the blockade of the area so as not to approach spectators during take-off phases.

#NewShepard is go for launch on July 20 for #NSFirstHumanFlight. This is the 16th flight and first with astronauts on board. Watch live at Coverage starts at 6:30 am CDT / 11:30 UTC.

- Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 12, 2021

Bezos, who has symbolically chosen the date of July 20 to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place on 20 July 52 years ago, will travel with Mark Bezos (brother of the billionaire), the 18-year-old Oliver Daemen as a replacement for a mysterious passenger who bought the ticket at auction for over 28 years. million dollars and, guest of honor, the over 80-year-old Wally Funk, pioneer of the US Air Force and member of the private program Mercury 13. Daemen and Funk will thus become, respectively, the youngest and the oldest person to cross the line between the Earth's atmosphere and Space.

From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name. For 96% of the world’s population, space begins 100 km up at the internationally recognized Kármán line.

- Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 9, 2021

July 20 will be New Shepard's 16th flight (a vehicle reusable that combines rocket and capsule, and which owes its name to Alan Shepard, the first American to actually go into space), but the first manned officer. To grant the authorization, the FAA asked Blue Origin for a test flight to check if the vehicle's hardware and software worked safely. Bezos' objective is to cross the Kármán line, the imaginary threshold placed at 100 kilometers above which, for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, one can truly say that they have actually gone into space. Remained below Sir Richard Branson with his Virgin Galactic, who beat Bezos to time by leaving for space on July 11th.

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