Bezos said before flying: I’m curious about how space changes me


Tencent Technology News reported on July 19 that, nine days after being dominated by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is finally ready to make history. On July 20 local time, Bezos will go to the edge of space to realize his lifelong dream. This is the first manned flight by his private space exploration company Blue origin, which will help usher in a new era of space tourism.
“I’ve been dreaming about this all my life, but I don’t know what it means to me,” the billionaire, who resigned as Amazon’s chief executive earlier this month, said in an interview before his historic space flight. I don’t know. I’m curious about what this flight will bring. Everyone who has been to space says that experience has changed them in a way. I’m really excited to know how it’s going to change me. ”
Bezos added: “people say they see a thin part of the earth’s atmosphere, which makes them realize how fragile and precious the earth is. I don’t know what I can do about it, but I’m happy to find the answer. ”
Mark Bezos, Bezos’s brother, will embark on this historic journey with him. Other crew members include 82 year old female pilot Wally funk and 18-year-old Dutch high school graduate Oliver Damen. Fink and Damon will be the oldest and youngest space explorers ever.
In an interview, Fink said that in the early days of the US Soviet space race, she not only received training in the United States, but also trained with Russian astronauts. “After about two or three weeks of training, I was told I was better than a male astronaut,” she said At the time, however, no women were sent into space. Bezos joked that when it comes to astronaut training, Fink is still “better than his male partner.”. “She can run faster than all of us, even though she’s 82 years old,” he said
Meanwhile, Damon said he hopes to set an example for other young people interested in space travel. But he admits that space travel is still surreal. “I don’t think I’ve realized how special it is to be the youngest space explorer ever, which is a great opportunity for me and an example for other kids,” he said. It’s incredible for me to go to space. I still can’t believe it. ”
With less than a day to go before the launch, Bezos said he was excited, but not nervous, and referred to several successful test flights. He chose July 20 because it was the 52nd anniversary of the landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Blue origin’s first manned flight is scheduled to launch from western Texas on the morning of July 20. The flight will last a total of 11 minutes, about four minutes, over the so-called Carmen line, which many people define as the boundary between the earth’s atmosphere and outer space.
Bezos said the ultimate goal is to pave the way for future astronauts to make space travel as common as a commercial jet. “We want to build a path to space for future generations,” he said. The goal of blue origin has always been to build reusable launch vehicles and spacecraft to make space cheaper and easier to serve everyone. ”
Bezos added: “if we can do that, then our next generation will know how to do these things in space, how to use all these things in space for the benefit of the earth. It’s going to be amazing, so that’s the real goal. ”
Earlier this month, Branson’s Virgin Galactic made a short and successful space flight, followed by Bezos. These missions are seen as ushering in a new era of space tourism, driven by a commercial space industry backed by emerging billionaires.
Branson may be the first billionaire to go into space in a spaceship developed by his own space company, but Bezos is committed to a more ambitious goal through blue origin, that is, to build a business empire covering all major fields in the space economy.
Bezos is not content to compete only in the suborbital field. He is also challenging Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, who is also a billionaire. Bezos is spending billions of dollars to develop a more powerful new Glenn rocket that will launch satellites and eventually carry people into earth orbit and beyond.
“When it comes to space, I think it’s my job,” he said in 2016. I’m doing my best to build infrastructure, and I’m using my resources to build heavy infrastructure, so that the next generation can have a vibrant entrepreneurial explosion in space. I want thousands of entrepreneurs to do amazing things in space. To do that, we have to significantly reduce the cost of going into space. ”
As for whether it’s worth 10 minutes to risk your life in space, Bezos said: “if handled properly, the risk of space flight is actually not great. With the technology we have today, suborbital missions can be very safe. It’s never more dangerous than doing anything. The only thing that’s really riskless is staying in the bedroom. ”
But he went on: “when we think it’s worth it, when it’s the experience you want, we’re going to take risks, whether it’s riding, diving, or taking risks doing other things. So the question is: is the experience worth it to you? For me, of course, it’s worth it.

Bezos did not comment publicly on Virgin Galactic’s sudden decision to schedule Branson’s space flight ahead of blue origin. Branson insisted he did not see it as a “race.”. Blue origin also denied taking part in the competition and vowed to act according to its Latin motto, that is, “step by step, march forward” and “pursue the goal of” building a road to space “.
However, novel coronavirus pneumonia will only deepen the gap between the rich and the poor when the modern space race comes from the super rich. This means that not everyone supports billionaires in space, just like not all Americans support astronauts in the Apollo era. A petition on calling on Bezos to stay in space made the headlines and received more than 150000 signatures.
It’s not clear how much blue origin’s short space tour will cost, but it’s expected to cost more than $200000, or more than $20000 per minute. Whatever the actual number, the company has been severely criticized in some ways. “Bezos’ 11 minute exciting space trip is an insult to millions of people on earth who are trying to support their families every day,” Oxfam said in a statement. Many of them are Amazon employees who help Bezos become the richest man in the world. ”
Both blue origin and Virgin Galactic believe that economies of scale will eventually drive down prices. In addition to the rich and thrilling people, Virgin Galactic and blue origin are expected to launch American and international astronauts, ordinary people and government researchers, as well as carry out microgravity experiments. But whether the market can support the two companies for a long time, or whether both companies can withstand the impact in the event of a catastrophic event, is an open question´╝ł Tencent technology reviser / Jinlu)