LIVE VIDEO: Bezos’s Blue Origin Launches From Texas

Space.com reports:

Blue Origin will launch its first crewed mission on its New Shepard rocket July 20 to fly its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and three other passengers to suborbital space and back. Liftoff is set for 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas and will launch Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Mercury 13 and aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemon.

CNBC reports:

While Virgin Galactic flies above 80 kilometers (or about 262,000 feet), which is the altitude the U.S. recognizes as the boundary of space, while Bezos’ Blue Origin flies above 100 kilometers (or about 328,000 feet), which is commonly known as the Kármán Line. After Branson said he planned to launch just nine days before Bezos’ previously announced spaceflight, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith decried Virgin Galactic’s approach as “a very different experience” because “they’re not flying above the Kármán line.”