Blue Origin safely launches Jeff Bezos into space
21 July 2021
Blue Origin successfully completed New Shepard’s first human flight on 20 July with four private citizens onboard.
New Shepard NS-14 lifts off from Launch Site One in West Texas. (January 14, 2021) Credit: Blue Origin
The crew included Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, who all officially became astronauts when they passed the Kármán Line, the internationally recognised boundary of space.
Upon landing, the astronauts were greeted by their families and Blue Origin’s ground operations team for a celebration in the West Texas desert.
“Today was a monumental day for Blue Origin and human spaceflight,” said Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin. “I am so incredibly proud of Team Blue, their professionalism, and expertise in executing today’s flight. This was a big step forward for us and is only the beginning.”
Wally Funk, at age 82, became the oldest person to fly in space. Oliver Daemen, 18, was the first ever commercial astronaut to purchase a ticket and fly to space on a privately funded and licensed space vehicle from a private launch site. He also became the youngest person to fly in space. Jeff and Mark Bezos became the first siblings to ever fly in space together.
New Shepard became the first commercial vehicle under a suborbital reusable launch vehicle license to fly paying customers, both payloads and astronauts, to space and back.
Blue Origin expects to fly two more crewed flights this year, with many more crewed flights planned for 2022.