Blue Origin gets One Step Closer for Space Tourism with Star Trek TV Star

What is the Blue Origin?

Blue Origins is a private space flight company based in Washington whose reusable rocket New Shepard has limitless potential for innovation and future activities while paving the way to new heights. Blue Origin made history with its reusable New Shephard on December 12, 2015 – marking a significant improvement in space tourism technology! The company was created by the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, in 2000. 

The Goal of Jeff Bezos

Both Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin have been waiting almost two decades for this moment, July 20, when they launched their first mission that sent the billionaire and the three other people aboard a reusable rocket called New Shepard. The flight is a massive milestone for both Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin.

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July 20, Bezos’ journey to space is a pretty big deal, personally. Not only for his professional endeavors but bringing people to space was a lifelong dream for him. The inspiration behind this dream saw the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 when he was just five. And this flight – which is launching 52 years to the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s very first steps on a world beyond Earth – will be like a tribute to that epic mission.

Blue Origin is looking toward the moon and aims to build larger rockets with reusable parts that will send most spacecraft into low-Earth orbit. These spacecraft will be carrying satellites and various other equipment and tools related and intended for usage beyond Earth.

Latest Updates From Blue Origin by William Shatner

Captain Kirk himself, Mr. Shatner, has been tweeting about his trip to the edge of space earlier this week. Astronaut or not, at 90 years of age, William Shatner is still daring enough to attempt his first experience traveling through space. The veteran actor of television, film, and stage is the oldest person to fly to space. At 82 years old, aviator veteran Wally Funk was the previous record holder who had gone to space with the first crewed flight of New Shepard on July 20. 

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Competition Expected

Space tourism has seen a real boom in the past few years, and 2021 saw two notable figures, Bezos and Branson, different pioneer ventures into private space travel. While Bezos’s Blue Origin opened up the possibility of horizontal space flights for humans, which will eventually lead to space tourism, Sir Richard’s Virgin Galactic took a step back – putting the venture behind the former concerning flying people to outer space.

Without delay, the world’s two private spaceships left Earth for space in July 2021. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket carried two paying customers, including Star Trek actor William Shatner into outer space for a brief but thrilling trip. Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin’s main rival in the suborbital space tourism business, made a big announcement of their own: they intend to start fully crewed flights on July 11, and Virgin Galactic’s founder Richard Branson will be on board.

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The SpaceX experience is very different than that of flying with Virgin Galactic or Blue Origin. In September, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched and successfully brought four non-professional astronauts back on the Inspiration4 mission. The crew flew farther to orbit, clocking in three days there compared to a couple of minutes spent at the edge of space; moreover, the cost of a SpaceX trip reaches $200 million. 

Wrapping Up

Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos with the vision of enabling a future where humans could live, explore, create, and be better off for it on Earth. To achieve this goal of preservation via progress, Blue Origin not only wants to preserve new areas on our planet but make new habitats possible utilizing expanding our presence beyond Earth.

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