Jeff Bezos 'having a dig' at Richard Branson says expert
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The news comes as billionaire founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is set to launch into space aboard his company’s spaceship New Shepard. The Blue Origin mission will launch from West Texas at 2pm BST and see Mr Bezos fired up into space alongside three passengers. But debate has raged between Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and Mr Bezos as to whether Mr Branson actually made it into space on his Sunday July 11 space launch which saw his rocket Unity 22 reach 85km (282,000ft, 53 miles) into the air. With Bezos planning to go further.
Speaking to GB Newsm space expert Andy Lound explained: “The American’s and NASA accept 50-miles as the limit to space.
“You beat 50-miles and you are in space – everyone has usually accepted that.”
He went on to explain how a number of years ago The International Aeronautics defined space as “being 62-miles or 100 kilometres” above the Earth.
Mr Lound said: “So there is a bit of a debate between people whether you really make it or you don’t make it.
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“And to be honest it’s a bit pedantic really, because if you step out of a spaceship at 50-miles you’re going to die just as quickly if you step out at 62-miles.
“But it is a bit of an interesting battle between the two people.”
He explained how the space community are not too worried about the specifics about the limits of space.
But he added within the “sub-orbital” flight community, which Bezos and Branson are focusing their ventures on, the issue of whether you are in space or not is a “sticking point”.
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He said: “Bezos is having a good dig at old Richard Branson for not making it quite to the 62-mile limit!”
Jeff Bezos will launch into space on Tuesday 2pm BST from West Texas aboard Blue Origin’s ‘New Shepard’.
The launch will be Mr Bezos’ maiden voyage into space.
He will be accompanied by Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race, and an 18-year-old student Oliver Daeman.
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They will travel in a capsule which has the biggest windows ever flown into space that will offer sensational views of the Earth.
New Shepard, built by Bezos’ company Blue Origin, is designed to serve the new market for space tourism.
The capsule separates from its booster around 76km (250,000ft) up. The rocket lands on its “legs” about 2 miles from the launch pad, while the capsule continues upwards to an altitude of around 106km (350,000ft).
After reaching its maximum altitude, the capsule begins its descent, parachuting down to a soft landing in the desert.
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