It seems Jeff Bezos’ space company- Blue Origin has a case of the Charles ‘Pete’ Conrads.
Who’s that? you may ask…and that is exactly why Bezos’ team, or at least the head of his social media has lashed out at Branson’s successful flight to the edge of space this weekend.
Conrad was the ‘Neil Armstrong’ of Apollo 12 – the second moon landing to have humans step onto the lunar surface. Now Bezos is set to be the second billionaire in space.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is Salty at Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic as They Prepare to Shoot the Second Billionaire into Space.
However, according to Blue Origin, because their vessel looks like a rocket (or a phallus, you decide. P.S, it’s definitely a phallus) and Branson’s doesn’t, Virgin Galactic’s flight doesn’t really count.
Shots were fired when Blue Origin tweeted the differences between the New Shephard and Unity prior to Branson’s history making flight.
According to Blue Origin, they’re the better space company. Firstly, New Shepard is a phall…I mean rocket while they branded Unity a ‘high altitude airplane”.
Blue Origin also boast “the biggest windows in space”…not really a huge brag, they only have to beat Unity’s windows by a millimeter to take that honor. Either way, they claim Unity only has ‘airplane windows’ and don’t mention that the Unity tail ’feathers’ to invert the vessel, giving riders amazing views.
Blue Origins biggest claim to fame though, is going past the Kármán line, which they assert is the official edge of space- 100 kilometers above the Earth. Unity only goes 80 (ish) kilometers.
A second salty tweet from Blue Origin claims that because they will cross the Kármán, none of their astronauts will have an asterisk next to their name.
Of course, this sparked a lot of debate online, with most accusing Blue Origin of sour grapes and that no one considers anyone of the passengers on board either vessels as astronauts but rather ‘space tourists’.
Some others, though say that Blue Origin is their preferred mode of space transport (you know, if they have the hundreds of thousands of dollars they will be allegedly charging) because of that extra 20 kilometers and that Bezo’s is the superior company in everyway
Well, except for the part where Branson got there first.
Blue Origin’s official inaugural New Shepard flight is targeted to lift off on July 20 at 8am, CDT from the Nevada dessert. July 20 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
New Shepard will be boarded by Bezos, his brother Mark, a mystery $28 million auction winner (I really hope it’s Richard Branson) and “honored guest.”
Wally Funk, one of the last surviving members of the Mercury 13–13 female pilots who passed the same tests as NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts in the early 1960s, but were barred from the corps – and spaceflight – because they were women.
There’s one kink in Blue Origin and Bezos’ July 20 pans. The FAA has not officially approved the application to launch crew or space flight participants (not astronauts) into space.
Don’t worry, Blue Origin, you’ll get to the edge of space someday, but you’ll always know it has already officially lost its Virginity.
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