After landing from his nearly 10-minute flight to the edge of space, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos thanked the people he said were helping him with this. And that includes all of the people out there who have shopped on Amazon. “I would like to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer. Because you paid for it all, ”said Bezos. He added that he finances the rocket company by selling $ 1 billion worth of Amazon stock every year. Bezos founded Amazon and his rocket company in 1994 Blue origin eight years later in 2002.
The former Amazon CEO shot into space on Blue Origin’s first flight on July 20th. The day was specially chosen by Bezos as it marks the 52nd birthday Apollo 11 moon landing. Bezos’ New Shepard rocket is also named after America’s first astronaut.
According to reports, Bezos had been dreaming of going into space since high school. “Best day ever!” Bezos said as the capsule landed on the desert floor in remote West Texas. He was accompanied by a handpicked group that included his brother, an 18-year-old Dutchman and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas.
Bezos is the second billionaire to drive his own spacecraft after Richard of Virgin Galactic Branson moved up its own flight from New Mexico earlier this month.
During the flight on Tuesday (July 20), Blue Origin’s capsule reached an altitude of approximately 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) higher than Branson’s July 11th voyage. The 18-meter booster accelerated to Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, to get the capsule high enough before separating and landing upright.
Unlike Branson’s piloted rocket plane, Bezos’ capsule was fully automated and did not require official personnel on board to take off and take off.
(With agency entries)