Blue Origin broke several Guinness World Records records with its first manned spaceflight, as the historic event launched Blue Origin founder, billionaire Jeff Bezos and three others, on a sub-orbital flight aboard the company’s New Shepard rocket.
According to the American “space” website, the Blue Origin flight set a number of new records including the launch of the largest person to fly into space, the first siblings in space at the same time, the smallest person to go into space, and the first suborbital spacecraft carrying commercial customers. According to a statement from Guinness World Records, the four new records will be announced on October 1.
Blue Origin’s reusable semi-orbital spacecraft, named after NASA astronaut Alan Shepherd, the first American in space, lifted off from the company’s first launch site, near Van Horn, Texas, on July 20, and the flight took just over 10 minutes, transporting the four passengers beyond the Karmann Line, the internationally recognized boundary of space.
Blue Origin is targeting its second suborbital flight on October 12 and has appointed three of its four crew members: Chris Buchwezen, co-founder of Earth observation company Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, vice president of life sciences and healthcare at French programs Dassault System. Also actor William Shatner, and this will set another record because Shatner is 90 years old and will set a new record for the oldest person to fly into space.
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