When Jeff Bezos, billionaire, founder Blue Origin launches its New Shepard suborbital rocket into space on Tuesday (July 20), and along with three of its crewmates, it will take just over a dozen hours of flight training.
Bezos, his brother Mark, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daman are expected to make their maiden flight aboard New Shepard on Tuesday (July 20). From takeoff to landing, the suborbital flight should last 11 minutes and give the quartet at least three minutes of zero gravity before returning to Earth.
The flight crew, all flying into space for the first time, underwent 14 hours of training over two days to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, Blue Origin’s lead flight director Steve Lanius said at a press conference on Sunday (July 18). According to him, the training began on Sunday and was supposed to end today.
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“Our training is comprehensive and allows the crew to prepare for everything they need to know about the vehicle,” Lanius said.
The Blue Origin crew, which will spend 11 minutes in flight, received training on how to use the capsule for routine, non-standard, and emergency procedures, including common problems that professional astronauts are trained to address, such as fire response, emergency mask use, and exit. … the spaceship hurries to the site.
“The training concludes with rehearsals for a mission covering five different scenarios and a final exam,” added Lanius. The final approval and launch of this command was to take place on Monday (July 19).
Apart from Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk, the crew members have little direct flight experience to prepare them for space flight. By comparison, a typical NASA astronaut (who is often recruited from a pool of candidates with extensive experience in isolated or hazardous environments) goes through two years of “astronaut nomination” training before being certified for future space travel.
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Once assigned to a mission, typically a NASA astronaut will train for months to years for his mission, depending on the duration and complexity of the mission. For example, a typical ISS crew spends about two years preparing to prepare for six months in space.
But there are other parts of the NASA experience that Blue Origin space tourists will gain in part, such as connecting with their teammates in the Astronaut Village. This is to some extent akin to the cramped quarters and training where professional astronauts get to know their crewmates before heading out into space.
According to Arian Cornell, Blue Origin’s director of astronauts, Blue Origin’s instructor, dubbed “Crew of Seven,” as a full set of New Shepard tourists will be six people per flight, helping tourists feel comfortable while navigating. orbital sales, at the same press conference.
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“There is a cool component, [and] they will also work on a simulator that is in our cosmonaut training center, ”she said.
“Then they will also go to the site. We want to make sure our astronauts are used not only to the capsule itself, but also to the equipment here at our # 1 launch pad, as well as to the wider team. “
Speaking of the ground crew, training was also conducted for ground procedures, as Blue Origin learned how to fly the New Shepard in space during 15 previous unmanned missions, some of which sent payloads into space, Blue Origin CEO Robert Smith told a news conference.
He noted that capabilities on the ground are critical because the entire crew is non-professional astronauts.
“We learned how to make a vehicle safe enough that we were ready to put our loved ones on it and send them into space,” he said. “These opportunities will be applied to everything we do.”
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