San Francisco: The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday approved Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin to take humans into space. The company’s rocket underwent hardware and software tests, later confirmed by the FAA that it met the requirements. Former Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s maiden crewed voyage on July 20.
Billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos officially confirmed his retirement, and Andy Jesse has now taken over as CEO. Among the tourists is an unnamed auction winner who paid $2.8 million for a seat – his identity will soon be revealed in the coming days.
News from Blue Origin came just days after Richard Branson launched to the edge of space in Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed flight on Sunday, with Bezos saying he “can’t wait to join the club”. . They chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the Moon. The ultimate survival of the Mercury Mission ‘Funk’ will be as the ‘Guest of Honor’ for the mission.
The launch site for Blue Origin’s first manned flight will be in Van Horn, an area in Texas where the firm has launched a New Shepard for previous flights.