Blue Origin successfully launches six people on the 5th space tourism flight

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin successfully launched its fifth sightseeing flight into space on Saturday.

Six people were carried into space over the Karman Line – an internationally recognized boundary of space located 100km above the Earth’s surface – during a typical 11-minute flight.

New Shepard consists of a rocket and a capsule, both reusable. The booster descends shortly before the capsule, performing powered vertical landings, as the first stages of SpaceX Falcon 9 orbital rockets do.

The flight took off at 9:25 a.m. EDT from Launch Site One, the company’s facility in West Texas.

The flight was the 21st overall for Blue Origin and New Shepard. It was the company’s second crewed flight this year, following the NS-20, which took off and landed on March 31.

It was previously scheduled to fly on May 20, but canceled because it encountered issues with the vehicle, which the company did not disclose.

The crew includes NS-19 investor and astronaut Evan Dick, electrical engineer and former NASA test manager Katya Echazarreta, business jet pilot and Action Aviation president Hamish Harding, engineer civilian production Victor Correa Hespanha, adventurer and co-founder of Dream Variation Ventures Jaison Robinson, and explorer and co-founder of private equity firm Insight Equity Victor Vescovo, Commander, USN (retired).

Echazarreta became the first Mexican-born woman and the youngest American to fly in space, while Hespanha was the second Brazilian to fly in space.

The company completed its fourth human flight to the outer reaches of space with six people in March.

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