Yesterday, Sunday, July 11, 2021, was marked by the return of British billionaire Richard Branson’s space travel. The latter had successfully completed a trip aboard the VSS Unity spacecraft, designed by his company Virgin Galactic. Its main function was to test and evaluate the travel experience to which future customers will be entitled.
He mentioned the Kármán line
The trip had been appreciated by Richard Branson, who called it “the experience of a lifetime”. Yet another billionaire seems to want to steal his star by questioning the reality of this trip. In fact, the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, who is due to go to space on July 20, believes that Richard Branson did not go to space. To justify these observations, he mentioned the Kármán line, which according to the International Aeronautical Federation (FAI) separates space and the earth’s atmosphere with a distance of 100 kilometers. However, Richard Branson’s VSS Unity flew a distance of almost 90 km altitude.
“Space begins at an altitude of 100 kilometers”
Note that after the announcement of Richard Branson’s trip, Jeff Bezos had relied on an interview with the New York Times: “We wish you an excellent and safe flight, but do not fly over the Kármán line”, and that is a completely different experience. ”. As that was not enough, the founder of Amazon took the opportunity to advertise his company Blue Origin on Twitter. He had published a comparison of the two experiments on board the two ships (VSS Uniy and New Shepard). “From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly well beyond the Kármán line, so none of our astronauts will have an asterisk next to their name. For 96% of the world’s population, space begins at an altitude of 100 kilometers beyond this internationally recognized border, “he added.
From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line, so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name. For 96% of the world’s population, space begins 100 km up the internationally recognized Kármán line. pic.twitter.com/QRoufBIrUJ
– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 9, 2021 View comments