American billionaire Jeff Bezos said he was excited and curious, but not too anxious. on the eve of his participation in the inaugural flight of Blue Origin’s company next to the oldest and youngest people who have ever traveled in space.
The richest man in the world and three other fellow travelers are expected to fly from an area in the desert of western Texas inwith an 11-minute journey to the edge of space with Blue Origin’s New Shepard, an 18.3-meter-high, fully autonomous rocket-capsule. This flight represents an important milestone in the establishment of the space tourism industry.
Bezos gave a series of TV interviews in view of the launch, which is expected at 16.00 Greek time on Tuesday afternoon from the Launch Site One facility of Blue Origin, at a distance of about 32 kilometers from the outskirts of the city of Van Horn, Texas.
“People keep asking me if I’m anxious. I’m not particularly anxious. I’m excited. I am curious. I want to know what we will learn “, said Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Inc, on the show” CBS This Morning “.
“We are trained. The vehicle is ready. The crew is ready. The team is fantastic “, stressed Bezos.
“We feel very good about it.”
Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos will be joined by 82-year-old pioneer aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Damen, a high school graduate of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands who specializes in physics and innovation management in September.
Damen is the company’s first paid customer. His father is the head of the investment company Somerset Capital Partners.
The flight comes 9 days after rival billionaire businessman Richard Branson traveled on Virgin Galactic’s boat.
Jeff Bezos wanted to downgrade any competition with Branson.
«There is a man who was the first (who traveled) in space. His name was Yuri Gagarin. And that happened a long time ago“, Bezos noted in an interview on NBC’s Today show.
“I think I will be the 570th or something. There we will be in this list. Therefore, this is not a showdown. “It is about building a road to space, so that future generations can do incredible things in space,” Bezos said.