How risky is the trip?
Space travel is historically fraught with danger.
Although the risks are not necessarily astronomical for Jeff Bezos’ excursion into the cosmos, as his space company Blue Origin has spent most of the last decade running the New Shepard suborbital rocket in which it will travel through a series of flights of successful test.
(Plus, being in space is Bezos’s lifelong dream.)
The timeline of the key moments of supersonic travel
Here’s a breakdown of all the important moments of the day (Note: T- indicates “time before takeoff.” If all goes according to plan, “T” will be at 9am ET. If there are weather delays, the timeline below will remain, but “T” will change):
T-90 minutes: Begins the webcast
T-45 minutes: Astronauts leave Blue Origin training center for launch pad
T-30 minutes: Astronauts climb the launch tower. If everything is “ready”, they will go aboard the crew capsule
T-24 minutes: The New Shepard capsule hatch will close
T + 3 minutes (approximately): The capsule exceeds 62 miles in altitude, a widely recognized limit of outer space
T + 4 minutes (approximately): The capsule reaches the top of its flight path and passengers spend a few minutes in weightlessness
T + 8 minutes: New Shepard’s booster rocket lands on a nearby ground platform
T + 11 minutes: The New Shepard crew capsule, with parachutes deployed, lands nearby
T + 22 minutes: The hatch opens and the astronauts disembark
T + 30 minutes: Webcast ends
T+2 hours (approximately): Press conference with Bezos and other astronauts begins
How to watch Jeff Bezos’ journey into space
The tour, which will last approximately 11 minutes from takeoff to landing, will begin from the Blue Origin facility in extremely remote terrain near Van Horn, Texas, which is about two hours from El Paso, on Tuesday, July 20 at 8 a.m. CT or 9 a.m. ET, weather permitting.
The public will be able to see the whole thing in the live broadcast from Blue Origin, which will begin airing at 6:30 am CT / 7:30 am ET. Viewers can look forward to exterior shots of the rocket and capsule as it blasts off into the cosmos. (Shots of the interior, and Bezos’s facial expressions, won’t be released until after the flight.)
CNN will also have journalists on the ground and a live blog.
Blue Origin is also expected to host a post-flight press conference with Bezos and his fellow travelers.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism