Jeff Bezos space flight LIVE – Watch Blue Origin launch HERE as rocket carrying Amazon billionaire is blasted into space

AMAZON founder Jeff Bezos will soar into space on board a rocket ship built by his company Blue Origin TODAY.

The space tourism firm hopes to one day send groups of paying customers up on suborbital flights – here's how to watch Bezos' maiden voyage.

Bezos and his brother are heading to space on July 20 on board Blue Origin's spaceship, New Shepard. It's the company's first human spaceflight.

The launch is scheduled for 9am ET (2pm UK time). That may change depending on the weather however.

A livestream will be broadcast beginning at 8:30 am ET (1.30pm UK time) at

The company will also be sharing mission updates all day via @BlueOrigin on Twitter.

Read our Jeff Bezos space flight live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • Harry Pettit


    Blue Origin may be launching its first four passengers today, but only one of them paid for the flight.

    It’s not known how much investor Joes Daemen paid for his ticket (which he gave to teenage son Oliver), but you can bet it’s made up of eight figures.

    In future, Blue Origin hopes to regularly send crews of up to six paying tourists to space.

    We don't yet know how much ticket prices will be.

    In 2018, Reuters reported that Blue was planning to charge passengers at least $200,000 for a ride.

  • Harry Pettit


    Blue Origin's official livestream of the launch has kicked off on the company's website.

    You can check out the broadcast here.

    Expect flashy montages and interviews with former and current astronauts.

    T-minus 87 minutes to liftoff.

  • Harry Pettit


    Blue Origin's fully automated, reusable New Shepard booster will launch and land in West Texas.

    The rocket-and-capsule combo is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth.

    That's high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness.

    Passengers will take in views of the curvature of the planet before the pressurized capsule returns to earth under parachutes.

    New Shepard features six observation windows Blue Origin says are nearly three times as tall as those on a Boeing 747 jetliner and the largest ever used in space.

    In total, the flight will last approximately ten minutes.

  • Harry Pettit


    Blue Origin is scheduled for lift-off from west Texas today, July 20, 2021.

    It is due to take off from Launch Site One in Van Horn, Texas at 9am EDT (2pm UK time) although any changes to the weather or technical checks could mean delays or even a postponement if severe enough.

    The crew is scheduled to climb in the capsule half an hour before launch.

    Around 20 minutes after the hatch closes, mission control will give the final all clear and then fire the rocket’s engine.

    • 7.30am ET/12.30 UK time – live broadcast starts
    • 8.30am ET/13.30 UK time – crew climb aboard
    • 8.40am ET/13.40 UK time – all clear given
    • 9.00am ET/14.00 UK time – blast off


    Speaking to the TODAY programme on Monday ahead of the launch, Bezos said: “I’m incredibly excited. I can’t wait to see what it’s going to be like.”

    The world’s richest man added that he expected the experience to change him.

    He referenced the “overview effect”, a cognitive shift in awareness reported by multiple astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space.

    “People say that they go into space and they come back changed. Astronauts always talk about that,” Bezos said.

    “Whether it’s the thin line of the atmosphere or seeing how fragile the planet is – that it’s just one planet. I can’t wait to see what it’s going to do to me.”

    The Amazon founder also joked with reporters that he did not eat his “last meal” before taking off.

     “I don’t think we should put it that way. Let’s talk about it in a different way.”


    At Blue Origin’s fight facility in Van Horn, Texas.

    Weather conditions are currently optimal for liftoff at 9am ET (2pm UK time).


    Today’s crew will be flying on board Blue Origin's automated spaceship, New Shepard.

    The launch is scheduled for 9 am ET (2pm UK time), though that may change depending on the weather forecast in the runup to the flight.

    A livestream will be broadcast beginning at 7:30 am ET (12.30pm UK time) at

    The company will also be sharing mission updates all day via @BlueOrigin on Twitter.


    However, Blue Origin admitted last week that the mystery original ticket holder had dropped out "due to scheduling conflicts."

    As a result, the spare seat has instead gone to Dutch teenager and high school graduate Oliver Daemen, son of millionaire Joes Daemen.

    It's unclear how much Joes, founder and CEO of the Dutch investment company Somerset Capital Partners, paid for his 18-year-old child's ticket.

    The anonymous passenger who Oliver is replacing will take their trip on New Shepard at a later date.


    Joining Bezos, 57, on today’s launch is his younger brother, Mark, 53, and two other civilian passengers.

    The first to be revealed was Wally Funk, an 82-year-old woman who trained to be an astronaut in the 1960s but was never given the chance to fly.

    A fourth seat was auctioned off to a member of the public.

    The $28million raised from the sale will go to charity.

    • John Hall


      Should today go smoothly, Blue Origin will have taken a big step towards its goal of sending paying tourists to space in the next few years.

      It’s competing in this space (no pun intended) against Virgin Galactic, which was set up in 2007 by British billionaire Richard Branson.

      Virgin Galactic fired its founder to the edge of space on July 11, beating his American rival by just nine days.

      The pair have insisted they were not in a race to be first up.

    • John Hall


      Hello and welcome to The Sun’s live coverage of Jeff Bezos’ first flight to space!

      His company Blue Origin is planning to hurl four passengers – including billionaire founder Bezos – to the edge of space from a launchpad in Texas.

      A successful suborbital jaunt would represent a huge landmark for the fledgling space tourism firm.

      It has never sent people up to space before, with previous test flights crewed by a test dummy nicknamed Mannequin Skywalker (one for the Star Wars fans, that.)

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