By: April Carson
Following Richard Branson's trip to space last month, Jeff Bezos became the second billionaire to go into space.
The competition between billionaire owners of Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic was one of the main topics this past month. Both Jeff Bezos, who also owns Amazon and Richard Branson wanted to become the first billion dollar space tourist but it seems like their ambitions will have different endings; with Branson making a smarter move by achieving his goal more than an week before rival despite failing on two separate occasions during flights while billionaires boss at Amazon had nothing but success!
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic
The VSS Unity rocket plane of the private space company Virgin Galactic made a manned flight on July 11, during which it reached an altitude of 86 kilometers. There were six people on board at once including Richard Branson himself!
The entire flight was broadcasted live through YouTube for anyone around world to watch in real time as if they were actually there with him all this while up above Earth's atmosphere doing what some would call Space Traveling or possibly just enjoying another day out amongst nature; whatever you decide must feel right doesn't matter because either way I'm sure its something worth celebrating- afterall we are living organisms here exploring our planet and great beyond through everything we can think of.
Virgin Galactic is at the forefront of space tourism, with plans to send tourists on suborbital flights. The company's Rocket Plane rises 15 kilometers up in WhiteKnightTwo before starting its engine and jetting off into 80 km above Earth where US Air Force considers our borders reside!
People all over the world have been eagerly awaiting this opportunity to experience zero gravity and see Earth from an unusual perspective. The International Aviation Federation, which was founded in 1951 with 100km as its designated boundary for space travel purposes claims that these flights do not constitute "spacepillars" because there is no aircraft during flight time; however many authorities disagree on whether or when these trips actually qualify as being part of outer-orbit exploration efforts by NASA!
After its first flight back in 2013, the company's VSS Enterprise (the world's fastest rocket plane) had a disastrous 2014 when it crashed. But this was all forgotten about after just one year because they released their new aircraft - Unity!
The three-seat craft has already completed 3 manned flights since being introduced last July with an 85 km high maximum altitude reached during one of these test runs on board were 4 people including 2 pilots who are employees at Virgin Galactic which also happens to be founded by billionaire Richard Branson himself Alongside them rode another passenger whose identity remains under wraps until now but according him being flown commercially into space will cost you at least $250,000.
Following the successful completion of Virgin Galactic's second VSS Unity test flight on December 31, 2018, the company is now planning two more test flights. These will be attended by Virgin Galactic staff and experts from the Italian Air Force, at which point only customers who have purchased over 600 seats will be allowed to board the plane.
Blue Origin and Mr. Bezos
The private space company Blue Origin successfully completed the first manned sub orbital flight of New Shepard, which was launched in 2006. Four tourists traveled to space including founder Jeff Bezos and two astronauts who are both aged 38 years old making them the world's youngest astronaut at 17 days older then oldest! The launch also went viral when it aired live on YouTube; this event is expected by many experts as an indication towards future human exploration beyond low earth orbit (LEO).
The entire flight is automatic. The company has already conducted fifteen test flights and tested the emergency rescue system, precision landing system, we talked about in more detail when it comes to how these work on a general level during their blog post from earlier this year where they explained why NS-16 was such an important milestone for Blue Origin as well as Jeff Bezos himself who made history by being one of two people at takeoff alongside his younger brother Mark who happens to also be CEO over Amazon Publishing!
Wally Funk, 82, was a former test subject who in 1961 was chosen for the program of female astronauts (known as "Mercury-13") but never flew in space, alongside 18-year-old student Oliver Daemen, whose trip was paid for by his billionaire father and Somerset Capital Partners founder. As a result of the flight, the youngest and oldest astronauts in the world were flown.
The flight started at 16:00 Moscow time and lasted about 11 minutes. The rocket began to accelerate vertically upstart and split into a capsule, which continued to rise as a result of inertia owing to its separation from the rocket. Passengers were able to remain in zero gravity for 3-4 minutes as a result of this.
The rocket touched down three kilometers from the launch site, and the capsule on three parachutes made a gentle landing at a speed of approximately 45 centimeters per second after being carried for 3 kilometers.
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