CNBC’s Morgan Brennan joins Shep Smith to report on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launch tomorrow. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
Near a small town in the West Texas desert, a quartet led by the world’s richest person is preparing for a launch Tuesday on a historic flight to the edge of space.
Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon executive chairman Jeff Bezos in 2000, has been testing prototypes of its New Shepard rocket and capsule for more than a decade.
After 15 successful test flights without people on board, Blue Origin is set to put its spacecraft to the ultimate test: its first human spaceflight, with Bezos aboard. Also planning to be aboard for the expected 11-minute flight are his brother Mark, aerospace pioneer Wally Funk and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen for the flight to the edge of space.
They are to float in microgravity for a couple minutes and then return to the grounds of the company’s private facility in Texas.
Bezos’ company is just one of many of a 21st-century generation of ventures in a new space race — one driven primarily by investors, rather than solely by superpower governments.
He’s also one of several billionaires pouring funds into companies, with Bezos going head-to-head with Elon Musk and Richard Branson in the growing space industry. Like them, Bezos’ vision for his company stretches beyond launching wealthy passengers on spaceflight joyrides. Blue Origin’s mission is to create “a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth,” and Bezos sees Tuesday’s flight as the next step toward achieving that goal.
Here is what you should know about the crew, the rocket launching them, what the experience is expected to be like, and the high profile but still small market for space tourists.
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