Sumary of Jeff Bezos Successfully Takes Off On Blue Origin’s First Crewed Spaceflight:
- On Tuesday at 8:12 am CDT, a Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft launched a space capsule, the RSS First Step and its crew on a suborbital jaunt that mimicked the same type of flight made by American astronaut Alan Shepherd 60 years ago.
- Among that crew was company founder Jeff Bezos, taking his own small step 21 years after getting his space company started.
- The Blue Origin New Shepard lifts off with the company’s first human crew.
- Blue Origin Since its founding in 2000, Bezos has held Blue Origin to himself.
- He’s put an estimated $7.5 billion of his own money into the company, and unlike rival billionaires Richard Branson or Elon Musk, has taken no venture funding or other investment.
- Blue Origin’s space development has been slow and steady, which is a specific design philosophy: the company’s motto is “Gradatim ferociter,” which translates to “step-by-step ferociously,” and its mascot is a tortoise, a reference to the famous Aesop fable.