The American company Blue Origin carried out on Tuesday the first suborbital flight of the New Shepard with four passengers on board.
Among them was the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, founder of the American e-commerce giant Amazon.
The spacecraft started from the spaceport near the city of Van Horn (Texas) at 09:12 US East Coast time (16:12 Moscow time / coincides with Turkish time) and, having risen vertically, overcame an altitude of 100 km.
The capsule, separated from the launch vehicle, landed on the ground by parachutes.
The carrier has also made a vertical landing.
The flight lasted about 11 minutes, for about three minutes passengers could feel weightlessness.
The broadcast was conducted on the company’s website, as well as on central TV channels.
The New Shepard is a reusable spacecraft that consists of a launch vehicle and a crew capsule that can accommodate a maximum of six people.
It was named after Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut to fly suborbital.
The ship is completely controlled by onboard computers, without the participation of pilots or ground services, and is intended for space tourism.
The passenger capsule is equipped with huge windows to make it easier for tourists to observe what is happening overboard.
In addition to Bezos, on board the New Shepard spacecraft were his brother Mark, the first female inspector of the US Federal Aviation Administration Wally Frank and 18-year-old American Oliver Damen, CEO of Somerset Capitals Partner.
Damen became the youngest person to be in space, and Funk the oldest.
British businessman Sir Richard Branson also ascended 100 kilometers on July 11 in an apparatus developed by his company Virgin Galactic.
The Unity-2 spacecraft, carrying 6 people, including Branson, was launched from New Mexico, USA and successfully landed on Earth.
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