He returned to Earth Jeff Bezos, the founder of the world’s richest man, Amazon internet trading company aboard his own space company aboard New Shepard Central European Time on Wednesday afternoon from a launch pad 20 kilometers from Van Horn, Texas. On board the space capsule was also his brother, an 18-year-old Dutch man and an 82-year-old former pilot.
The space trip, scheduled for the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 11 to the Moon, is the first of New Shepard’s commercial operations, scheduled to fly to an altitude of about 106 kilometers, more than 16 kilometers higher than Richard Branson Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, which traveled with its passengers on the edge of outer space on July 11th.
The space rocket and capsule are automatic, no trained personnel are required to control them. The journey took roughly 10 minutes, Bezos said after landing that “this is the best day of his life”.
Everyone on the team got back to Earth safely.
The New Shepard, which is more than 18 feet tall, can carry six people, the space capsule the largest ever used in outer space. Its speed reaches 3540 kilometers per hour.
His passengers included Bezos and his brother, the 18-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemenwho exchanged tickets for the spaceship and Wally Funk, the 82 – year – old former pilot. Daemen, 18, and Funk, 82, are the youngest and oldest astronauts going into space. Funk was one of the American female pilots trained by the U.S. Space Agency as an astronaut in the early 1960s, but was never able to fly a spaceship because of her gender.
Since 2015, New Shepard has conducted 15 successful test flights without passengers. By the end of the year, two more space voyages with passengers are planned.