Jeff Bezos to fly to Space with Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen

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Can there be anything more exciting than to watch the youngest and the oldest person reach space in the same flight? It is difficult to imagine. On his first trip to Space scheduled for 20th July, Jeff Bezos will accompany both the youngest and the oldest people to fly to space with him.

Blue Origin is an aerospace company owned by Amazon. The company made an announcement only yesterday (15th July 2021) that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year old boy, will fly aboard the vessel; Oliver Daemen will become the youngest person to fly to space ever. Also joining the flight is 82-years old Wally Funk, an American aviator. Funk was among the first 13 women trained to fly to space in 1960. Wally Funk will beat the record of the oldest human being to fly to space, which is currently held by John Glenn at the age of 77.

New Shepard is a reusable rocket system designed to take people (astronauts) and research payloads past the internationally recognized Space boundary. 

It is a dream come true for the space community as we witness space tourism launch in July 2021. Earlier this month, we witnessed Virgin Galactic successfully take its founder Mr. Richard Branson and his crew, including Ms. Sireesha Bandla, a woman from India making above the altitude of 80 KM. This altitude is considered a boundary for space by NASA. 

The record-breaking human space flight of Blue Origin is now only hours away, scheduled for launch on 20th July 2021. It will carry its first human passengers to space in the rocket ship named New Shephard. 

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With the trip of Blue Origin scheduled to follow in just a few days or Virgin Galactic flights. We are watching history in the making. Together, these two companies are ushering humankind into a new era of space tourism. 

Earlier, a small group of Americans who were inspired to go to space had to undergo an isolation test. In this test, John Glenn, who was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth, completed three orbits in 1962. For the test, John Glenn sat at a desk in a dark, soundproofed room.

Wally Funk floated inside a tank of water in a dark, soundproofed room in this test. However, Funk was rejected by NASA when it stopped the “Women in Space” program. 

Funk was reportedly doing better than some of the men in a series of rigorous physical and mental testing conducted for the same, yet NASA rescinded its support for the program for women.

The Oklahoma State University and its Flying Aggies team alumna, Ms. Wally Funk had a lifelong dream for spaceflight and Sixty years later, she will be the oldest person to fly to space, as Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ “honored guest.”

“I can’t tell people watching how fabulous I feel to have been picked by Blue Origin to go on this trip,” Ms. Funk says. She also added that she expects to “love every second” of the journey.

What will Jeff Bezos’ space trip be like?

New Shepard will be launched from a western desert in Texas, the US and the trip will last around 11 minutes. Out of 11 minutes, the passengers will spend a few minutes above the Karman Line; the internationally recognized boundary between earth’s boundary and Space.

The passengers will be able to float weightlessly and watch the curvature of Earth for a few minutes before returning to Earth.

The capsule to be launched will be backed by three large parachutes and retrorockets for braking assistance while landing back on Earth from Space. The Space Flight earlier carried out several test runs (uncrewed) from its facility in Texas’ Guadalupe Mountain.

New Shepard

New Shepard is an automated capsule with no pilots and six seats. New Shepard is named after Alan Shepard; the American to go to Space 60 years ago. New Shepard is specially manufactured by Blue Origin for space tourism. The rocket is designed to take astronauts to suborbital space inside of a crew capsule. The capsule features six large observation windows i.e. one window per seat.

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In November 2015, New Shepard was the first reusable rocket to make a soft landing on the ground, beating the famous SpaceX Falcon 9 booster by several weeks.

It is possible to achieve all your dreams

Taking humans to space safely is hard and both founders, Mr. Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic and Mr. Jeff Bezon of Blue, show us that any dream is possible with perseverance and commitment.

SPACE through its programs is fostering the future space leaders and the next generation of space explorers. Get more details about rocketry and Space flight from our experts from SPACE through our courses equipped with specially designed platforms for a better learning experience.

We wish all the success to Mr. Jeff Bezos and the team and the crew for a safe and successful flight. 

Cheers!

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