Stay as long as you like, Bezos.
Yes, buh Bye Jeff. Adios Amigozon.
Bet he’s pissed Branson beat him out as the first billionaire in space.
All went well. Great marketing stunt. The press are drooling over it.
It serves as a great distraction from Amazon changing their terms of service to eliminate arbitation and from the news that the U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit in New York agreed to review a lower court’s ruling that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects big tech companies from civil rights liability.
WSJ ran a side by side comparison between Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Bezos Blue Bomb. Virgin goes up and comes back with the same equipment.
Bezos shed tons of space debris to do the same thing: a 10 minute joy ride. You can’t even finish a cold beer in the same amount of time.
Was this just a vanity exercise by a few raging egotists or did we advance mankind is ways not yet fully understood?
I watched this one. It reminded me of the 250 foot fright tower at Benning, just vastly more expensive. “Hit the hole, pole man, hit the hole.” Hardly seems like space, though. Is the sensation of weightlessness at this altitude due to lack of gravity or to the centrifugal effect of deceleration?
I’d still take a ride if a free one was offered to me. I’d blast the Moody Blues “Higher and Higher” at max volume at liftoff. SWMBO wouldn’t stand for that though.
Re “weightlessness at this altitude”. That is a common misconception. At 107km altitude (New Shepard’s maximum) the Earth’s gravity is approx. 9.5m/s/s. Even the ISS at an average 420km experiences around 8.6m/s/s. Weightlessness will be experienced only if you are falling at this rate. This figure is the determinant of orbital speed – i.e. the speed required to keep falling in a circle at a given altitude.
Thanks for that explanation. I wasn’t at all aware of the ISS stuff. The speed of the orbit more or less balances out the gravity at that altitude. Now I vaguely remember explanations of centripetal and centrifugal forces in one of my children’s books on space from the 60s. So the sensation felt by Bezos and Branson was the same sensation I feel driving over a hump in the road at speed.
Bezos has mastered 1960 Soviet tech. Very impressive.
Did the Bezos rocket have to look just like his own X-rated selfie? The Flying Phallus.
Yes, yes it did, Deap. My wife showed me a pictorial meme on Instagram that appeared, well, appropriately almost instantly, making that very point. Mockery at the speed of light. Trust the Science! LOL…
I recall an interview with Tallulah Bankhead on the old Merv Griffin show in which she recounted an encounter with the stereotypical flasher in a trench coat. He leered at her, opening his coat wide, only to have her sniff and say, “Oh, do put it away; I’ve seen better”.
Sorry, not even slightly impressed.
The energy needed to lift something is: PE = MGZ.
Let’s give them the benefit and say G stays constant at 9.8m/s^2 the whole time (doesn’t fall off with distance).
For each KG of mass… = 9.8 * 1e5 = 9.8e5 Joules
The energy needed to accelerate each KG of mass to orbital velocity is KE = (MV^2)/2, or ½GM/R. M = earth mass (6e24 kg), G = gravitational constant (6.67e-11), and R = radius of orbit (meters). Earth radius is 6.4e6, so 100km high orbit is 6.6e6. Hence each kg requires 3.0e7 Joules of energy to STAY up.
So Blue Wonder had 3.3% of what’s need to “get it up and stay up”.
Really, this is freshmen physics…
John Bull did way better with the HARP project 16 inch guns in the 60’s…
Seen in Twitter, fully agree…
Wrong, much of his underpaid staff relied on government assistance to make ends meet. Amazon’s fleet of vehicles used road, airports and bridges – all public goods – while not paying it’s fair share of taxes. SOCIALISM sent Bezos to space…
Now this is mine…
All in all, his staff, also cofunders of the caprice due their meager wages, oblied to pee in a bottle to not lose minutes going to the toilett, is said to be very proud of the geste of its lord, constituing the vivid example of the new medieval corporate slavery to which the rest of corporations, and governments, aspire….
Mandatory vaccination is just the first domestication exercise….
Amazon pays well and with high benefits. Their demands are also high. https://www.amazon.jobs/en/landing_pages/benefitsoverview-us#:~:text=Out-of-Pocket%20Maximum%20%28Medical%20and%20Prescription%29%3A%201%20%242%2C000%2Femployee%202,%244%2C000%2Femployee%20%2B%20spouse%2Fdomestic%20partner%20or%20children%203%20%246%2C000%2Ffamily
Next time, I hope it is 100% free from use of fossil fuel – wind and solar power only, Bezos.
California is voting NO natural gas hook-ups in any new construction. No gas stoves, heaters, dryers or fake fireplace logs.
Bezos –no exceptions. Blast off with solar power only.
Astonishing. At this point, California might just welcome re-absorption into Mexico, as they are surely not that crazy, and would likely put an end to the Wokeist death cult.
The New Shepard uses a BE-3 engine burning liquid oxygen and hydrogen. The exhaust is almost all steam. Hydrogen can be produced with solar produced electricity. So Bezos can blast off with solar power.