US regulators approve blue origin manned space flight plan


Tencent technology news on July 13, with virgin galaxy, the space tourism company, successfully sending its founder Richard Branson to the edge of space, everyone’s eyes are now focused on blue origin and its founder Jeff Bezos.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday that it had approved blue origin’s manned space flight plan, allowing the company to use the new Shepard launch system to send humans into space. Bezos will take the blue origin suborbital spacecraft to the edge of space on July 20.
FAA confirmed that blue origin was allowed to carry humans through its license until August, and was allowed to carry out these missions at its launch site 1 facility in Texas. Blue origin is required to verify the safety of hardware and software of its launch vehicle during flight test, and FAA confirms that it meets regulatory requirements.
The blue origin flight will take place a week after space tourism competitor Virgin Galactic successfully launched the crew including Branson into the edge of space. Virgin Galactic and blue origin, as well as SpaceX, a space company founded by their rival Elon Musk, are striving to usher in a new era of conventional commercial and civil space travel, which is known as the “billionaire space race”.
UBS estimates that the value of the space tourism market will reach $3bn within a decade, and it is crucial to prove that rocket travel is safe for the public.
Meanwhile, blue origin revealed some details of the company’s first manned space flight. It is reported that the live broadcast of the new Shepard’s 16th space flight will start at 6:30 am on on the 20th, and the launch is scheduled for 8 am. Bezos set the launch date for July 20 because it was the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon.
In May, Bezos set a date for his first flight and invited his brother Mark to join him. Accompanying the Bezos brothers on the mission were the $28 million mystery auction winner and Wally funk, one of the last surviving members of the mercury 13 program, who was chosen as the “VIP.”.
A blue origin spokesman said the launch site will be located in a remote location in the desert West of Texas, and there will be no on-site public viewing area. In addition, the Texas Department of transportation will close parts of interstate 54 to prevent spectators from getting too close to the launch siteļ¼ˆ Tencent technology reviser / Jinlu)