Blue Origin does not consider Richard Branson’s flight with Virgin Galactic this Sunday “Space Flight”

Blue Origin does not consider Richard Branson's flight with Virgin Galactic

This Sunday, Virgin Galactic, company of billionaire Richard Branson, will carry out a test of space tourism, nine days before the mission of Blue Origin, company of the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.

While Branson told CNN that this is not a “space race,” Bezos’s company might think differently.

This Saturday, Blue Origin shared a tweet comparing the two missions in which it suggests that the Virgin Galactic flight is not a space trip since Virgin Galactic’s VSS spacecraft will not fly above the Kármán line, an altitude that is considered internationally the limit of space (100 km).

Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft will pass the Kármán line by reaching a maximum altitude of 105 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.

“Only 4% of the world recognizes a lower limit of 80 km as the beginning of space. New Shepard flies above both limits. One of the many benefits of flying with Blue Origin,” reads another tweet.

While the International Aeronautical Federation and many other organizations use the Kármán line to determine when a space flight takes place, the United States Army and NASA have another definition of space. According to them, space begins 12 miles below the Kármán Line, which is 80 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. Virgin Galactic’s VSS spacecraft will reach a maximum altitude of 88 kilometers.

In addition to questioning whether Virgin Galactic’s flight can be considered as spacecraft, Blue Origin also indicates that while they will use a space rocket, Virgin Galactic will use a plane capable of flying at high altitude.

to company Bezos, also it presumes that the New Shepard will “windows longer in space” and an exhaust system, features not included in the ship that Branson will be traveling on Sunday.

In addition to Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin flights scheduled for July, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX is planning its own space launch scheduled for September 2021.

Among the many differences – such as the fact that so far Musk has not announced his intentions to be part of the Inspiration4 crew – is that SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will reach an altitude of 540 kilometers and will orbit Earth every 90 miles. minutes during the trip that will last approximately 3 days.