It is done. At 5 p.m. sharp (Paris time), and after a few minutes in zero gravity just above the Karman line (100 km altitude), the capsule of Blue Origin came back to land on Earth carried by huge parachutes. On board, the 4 space tourists have just experienced a rare moment. Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Lab, Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata Solutions, Audrey Powers, executive at Blue Origin and William Shatner, living legend of geek culture since his role as Captain Kirk (Star Trek), seem drunk. of happiness after their mini-space epic. Shatner will even say that the last 10 minutes of his trip were “The most intense experience” of his life. It should be noted in passing that the 90-year-old Canadian actor is today the oldest person to have ever been to space.
For the engineers of Blue Origin and its founder Jeff Bezos, the emotion must also be particularly “intense”. Because with this second flight in a row for the company, which follows the successful test of Virgin Galactic and the orbiting escape of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, space tourism is already starting to settle in the “landscape” of the aerospace. The powerful and wealthy of this world now have a new hobby in which to drop their millions of dollars.