Blue Origin transports the first Egyptian and Portuguese spacecraft on suborbital voyage

Blue Origin transports the first Egyptian and Portuguese spacecraft on suborbital voyage

Blue Origin's New Shepard spaceship rises from its launch pad in Texas.  (Blue Origin via YouTube)

Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship rises from its launch pad in Texas. (Blue Origin via YouTube)

Jeff Bezos’ space adventure Blue Origin sent six other crew members on a suborbital space journey, including the first Egyptian and Portuguese citizens to reach the final frontier.

Thanks to today’s flight from Launch Site One in West Texas, Blue Origin’s spacecraft list has grown to 31 over the course of just over a year. Bezos himself made the first manned flight, and Florida investor Evan Dick bought two space tickets.

The training for NS-22 – the 22nd mission for the New Shepard suborbital launch system and the sixth manned flight – set a couple of precedents.

Portugal’s first space plane is Mario Ferreira, entrepreneur, investor and president of Pluris Investments based in Porto. The first from Egypt is Sara Sabry, a mechanical and biomedical engineer who founded a non-profit organization called the Deep Space Initiative. Sabry was the second crew member of Blue Origin sponsored by Space for Humanity, a non-profit organization that supports citizen astronauts.

Rounding out the “Titanium Feather” crew were Coby Cotton, co-founder of the sports / entertainment channel Dude Perfect; Vanessa O’Brien, British-American explorer and former bank executive; Clint Kelly III, who helped create pioneering technologies for driverless cars; and Steve Young, former CEO of Young’s Communications LLC.

Cotton’s place was sponsored by MoonDAO, a cryptocentric collective aiming to decentralize access to space. Although Blue Origin does not disclose how much its space flights pay for their flights, crypto investigators have estimated that MoonDAO he devoted about $ 1.25 million on the fly of Cotton.

Today’s flight followed the routine established by the previous five manned missions: Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket took off at 8:57 CT (6:57 PT), sending the crew capsule over 100 kilometers (62 miles). ) Karman Line that marks the international boundary of outer space. The unofficial mark for the maximum altitude was 351,231 feet (66.5 miles, or 107 kilometers).

During the highest phase of the trajectory, the six spacecraft disengaged from their seats for a few minutes to float at zero G and watch the curved Earth through the capsule’s panoramic windows. Crew members could be heard over a communications link cheering on the experience.

New Shepard's booster makes an autonomous landing.  (Blue Origin via YouTube)

New Shepard’s booster makes an autonomous landing. (Blue Origin via YouTube)

New Shepard’s reusable booster made a self-landing on a platform near the launch site. Meanwhile, the crew capsule descended separately to the Texas pasture at the end of its parachute. “We will not die!” Cotton said jokingly as the parachutes opened.

The flight took just over 10 minutes from launch to landing.

Blue Origin’s NS-22 mission was part of a one-day launch triplet that also included Rocket Lab launching a classified satellite mission for the National Reconnaissance Office and sending the United Launch Alliance to a satellite of Space Force missile warning. SpaceX could turn the hat trick into a quadfecta later today with the scheduled launch of a South Korean moon probe.

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