Blue Origin founder and owner Jeff Bezos has successfully returned from space, according to the company's Twitter.
The launch of the fully reusable suborbital spacecraft New Shepard, including a descent capsule and a single-stage rocket, took place at a test site in Texas. The capsule reached an altitude of about 105 kilometers, that is, it turned out to be above the Karman line, which is considered by the International Aeronautical Federation as the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and space. The flight lasted approximately 11 minutes, of which four passed in zero gravity.
The NS-16 mission was the 16th for New Shepard and the first with a human participation. In addition to American Bezos, who is considered the richest man in the world, there were three other people in the six-seat capsule of the spacecraft – his brother Mark, 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk and 18-year-old student Oliver Daman.
In July, British businessman Richard Branson flew to an altitude of more than 80 kilometers aboard a VSS Unity orbital aircraft manufactured by Virgin Galactic's own company. Along with the billionaire, the crew included pilots Dave McKay and Michael Masucci, Virgin Galactic Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, Lead Operations Engineer Colin Bennett and the company's vice president of government affairs, Sirish Bundle.