Jeff Bezos with his Blue Origin will also be able to take passengers into space

Jeff Bezos with his Blue Origin will also be able to take passengers into space

Authorization from the US Federal Aviation Administration arrives. The launch is scheduled for July 20, at 3 pm Italian time: here's how to follow the live stream

(photo: Blue Origin) Jeff Bezos, in the end, will be able to go into space aboard the New Shepard of his Blue Origin : the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just granted the company of the Amazon owner the authorization to launch, for the first official space flight with civilian crew. The launch is scheduled for July 20 and can be followed live on the company's channels.

The launch live

Beaten on time by British rival Richard Branson, who on July 11 participated in the inaugural space flight of Virgin Galactic, Bezos - he writes on Instagram - "can't wait to join the club" and will still be able to boast of celebrating the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, which took place on 20 July. 52 years ago.

Blue Origin's shuttle rocket will depart from the company's launch site located in the Texas desert. The take-off is scheduled for 3 pm Italian time, but it will not be possible for the public to watch it live.

Blue Origin, however, has organized a live broadcast on its website, live from 1:30 pm Italian time. A press conference with the astronauts will also be held at the end of the flight.

#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

The crew

July 20 will be the 16th flight of New Shepard (a reusable vehicle that combines rocket and capsule, and which owes its name to Alan Shepard, the first American actually went into space), but the first manned officer. To grant the authorization, the FAA requested a test flight from Blue Origin to verify if the vehicle's hardware and software were working safely.

In addition to Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos will also be on the shuttle ( brother of the billionaire), a mysterious passenger who bought the ticket at auction for over 28 million dollars and, guest of honor, Wally Funk, a pioneer in the US Air Force and a member of the private program Mercury 13. Funk will become so the oldest person to cross the boundary 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

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