Oliver Daemen is the youngest person to fly into space in the Blue Origin spacecraft – Technology News, Firstpost
France Media AgencyJuly 20, 2021 10:26:20 IST
Editor’s Note: This story was first posted on July 16, 2021 and has been reposted as Jeff Bezos and the Blue Origin crew launch into space today.
Blue Origin said Thursday that an 18-year-old paying customer will fly into space on the company’s first crewed space flight on July 20, becoming the youngest astronaut in history.
Oliver Daemen, who graduated from high school last year and holds a private pilot’s license, joins Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, mogul Mark’s brother and revolutionary female aviator Wally Funk as the fourth member of the crew.
He is not, however, the winner of a $ 28 million auction closely watched by space enthusiasts, who have asked to remain anonymous and will participate in a future mission due to a conflict of. hourly, the company said.
“This marks the start of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space,” said Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin.
New Shepard, named after America’s first astronaut in space, Alan Shepard, is Blue Origin’s reusable rocket system.
Smith also thanked the auction winner for their support of Club for the Future, Blue Origin’s foundation which announced this week that it is donating $ 1 million to 19 nonprofits that promote the science and engineering.
Flying on New Shepard will fulfill a lifelong dream for Daemen, who has been fascinated by space, the moon and rockets since the age of four, according to a statement.
He plans to attend Utrecht University in the Netherlands to study physics and innovation management in September.
The company did not disclose Daemen’s nationality, but his Instagram account, which featured photos of him doing activities like surfing, kitesurfing and diving, has comments mostly in Dutch.
The price of the ticket was not disclosed.
At 18 and 82, Daemen and Funk will be the youngest and oldest astronauts to travel in space.
Space tourism takes off
Bezos, the richest person in the world, hopes to join Richard Branson in reaching space on a ship built by a company he founded.
Branson performed the feat on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft on Sunday, a historic moment for the nascent space tourism industry.
Although Bezos goes second, Blue Origin bragged about his superior experience.
Blue Origin’s rocket crosses the internationally recognized space border at an altitude of 100 kilometers, while Virgin Galactic has crossed the 50-mile border recognized by the United States.
New Shepard reusable rockets, which launch vertically from the ground, are more environmentally friendly than Virgin Galactic’s air-launched space plane, which emits greenhouse gases and soot.
Blue Origin’s ambitions also extend far beyond space tourism, with the company vying to become a major entrepreneur for NASA missions.
Currently, NASA’s main private sector partner is Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which began bringing astronauts to the International Space Station in 2020 and is developing a deep space rocket for future missions to Mars.