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Jeff Bezos will conquer space and it is officially confirmed. According to Reuters’ original article — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday approved a Blue Origin license to conduct tourist flights on the New Shepard launch system into space. 

Blue Origin will travel to space in 5 days
Blue Origin will travel to space in 5 days. Image credit: ixbt.com

Jeff Bezos — a former Amazon Chief Executive will fly to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s maiden crewed voyage on July 20.

Blue Origin is authorized to carry humans while its FAA license is valid through August and is approved to conduct these missions from its Launch Site One facility in Texas, the agency confirmed.

The core task for Blue Origin was to provide all crucial documents that their vehicle’s hardware and software worked safely during a test flight. The FAA confirmed that all requirements are met.

Blue Origin will fly to space almost the week after the flight of its competitor Virgin Galactic. The rival company conducted the first tourist flight to the edge of space with the crew and its founder on board British billionaire Richard Branson.

Branson shared his thoughts about the first-ever flight to space: 

“I think like most kids I have dreamt of this moment as a kid, but honestly nothing could prepare you for the view of Earth from space,” Branson said. Then, in full salesman mode, he called Virgin Galactic “the spaceline for Earth” and delivered on a promise to announce something “very exciting” after his flight: He revealed a partnership with fundraising company Omaze to give out two seats on VSS Unity, and — “with my Willy Wonka hat on,” he quipped — a personal tour of Spaceport America. “And I promise lots of chocolate in the factory,” he added.

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin opened a space window to a new era of traveling. Right now the “billionaire space race” is not over yet, because the rival billionaire Elon Musk didn’t show what he got for this.

Proving rocket travel is safe for the public is key to developing what the Swiss-based investment bank UBS estimates will be a $3 billion annual space tourism market in a decade.

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