The Race for Space: Jeff Bezos is Set for Spaceflight using Blue Origin Rocket
Jeff Bezos is set to fly to the space with Blue Origin Spaceflight on July 20, 2021.
The Amazon billionaire, Jeff Bezos, is all set to travel to space in a Blue Origin rocket known as New Shepard. Blue Origin is ready to launch its first passenger-carrying spaceflight on July 20, 2021, in which Jeff Bezos with his brother, Mark, and the winner of the online bidding system will be the only passengers to visit the space. It will be an eleven-minute ride to suborbital space to reach the Karma line at an altitude of 100 km or 62 miles. The online bidding for the launch of Blue Origin’s 16th spaceflight will end on June 12, 2021. The date is set to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Jeff Bezos is financing this amazing race to space from selling off his stake in Amazon. The reason is that Bezos has decided to hand over the Amazon CEO position to Andy Jassy on July 5, 2021. He announced the spaceflight plan on an Instagram video asking his brother Mark Bezos to be with him in once in a lifetime journey. That being said, let’s look at how Blue Origin is performing in the spacetech industry when Bezos is busy taking a space trip.
Blue Origin is a competitor against Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which is also focused on aeronautics with advanced AI algorithms. It is founded by Jeff Bezos in 2000 as an American privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services. Recently, Blue Origin is all set to launch New Shepard as a reusable suborbital rocket system that is designed to take astronauts and research payloads into space. The name New Shepard came from the Mercury astronaut, Alan Shepard. Flight testing is continuously being conducted since 2012 to ensure 100% safety on the first official flight with passengers including 12 successful consecutive missions and three successful escape tests for the crew.
The vision of Blue Origin is to enable a future where people can work and live in space to benefit the Earth. Humanity needs to explore more spaces to preserve the energy and resources of Earth. It is powered by AWS, high-performing computing, AI and ML functionalities. The company is working on developing partially and fully reusable launch vehicles to serve the needs of civil, commercial as well as defence clients. There are reusable and throttleable liquid rocket engines that allow precise landing back on the landing platform leading to a highly reusable orbital launch vehicle with New Glenn.
The company is focused on designing reusable engines for rockets such as BE-1, BE-2, BE-3PM, BE-3U, BE-4 and BE-7 with different thrust levels. The BE-3 engine is the first-ever new liquid hydrogen-fuelled rocket engine in the US. The BE-4 engine will be used to power the next-generation rocket of the United Launch Alliance known as Vulcan. This will compete with SpaceX with National Security and NASA payloads. BE-4 will also power its own series of orbital rockets.
Blue Origin has partnered with NASA on two projects— one project includes the development of a space robot operating system relying on open-source software to provide greater autonomy and enhance the interoperability with other space systems. Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Johnson Space Center are the partners of Blue Origin for this project; the second one focuses on improving rocket engine designs by incorporating metal-based additive manufacturing techniques while minimising the production cost. Marshall Space Flight Center is the partner of Blue Origin.
Blue Origin is completely focused on contributing to the spacetech sector with reusable rockets and passenger spaceflights to shift the workload to another planet. It has an aim to have half of the constellation in orbit by 2026. It is also getting ready for a steady stream of revenue for its New Glenn rocket from Amazon’s constellation of around 3,200 satellites known as Project Kuiper.