After a New Shepard rocket’s backup system failed to meet expectations last month, Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company Blue Origin conducted its sixth crewed launch on Saturday. Blue Origin fourth flight, which sent six people to the edge of space for a 10-minute excursion, landed safely in West Texas in March.”It was a privilege to fly this remarkable team of explorers and genuine pioneers today,” stated Phil Joyce, New Shepard’s senior vice president. “Each mission is an opportunity to give another six individuals the life-changing experience of seeing our world from space and experiencing its beauty and fragility.”
From liftoff to touchdown, the company’s suborbital joyride lasts around 10 minutes and reaches an altitude of nearly 350,000 feet, giving guests a few seconds of weightlessness before descending down to Earth for a parachute landing. It’s part of a larger push by a group of firms, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, established by Richard Branson, to make space travel a reality.
So far, Axiom, SpaceX, and NASA have hailed such trips as a watershed moment in the rise of privately financed space-based business, dubbed the “low-Earth orbit economy” or “LEO economy” by industry insiders. Several affluent space travellers have visited the International Space Station (ISS) throughout the years.
The company’s suborbital joyride lasts about 10 minutes from takeoff to touchdown and reaches a height of approximately 350,000 feet, allowing customers a few seconds of weightlessness before returning to Earth for a parachute landing. It’s part of a bigger effort by a group of companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, to make space travel a reality.