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Blue Origin approved for manned spaceflight ahead of Bezos launch

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a Blue origin license monday to bring people in space on its New Shepard launch system for Jeff Bezos‘ scheduled flight later this month.

The company, founded by the former Amazon.com chief, has been granted permission to conduct spaceflights from its Launch Site One facility in West Texas. The license is valid until August.

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“To obtain permission to carry people, Blue Origin had to verify during a test flight that its launch vehicle’s hardware and software were working safely and as intended,” the FAA said in a statement to FOX Business.

Bezos will fly into space on July 20 on New Shepard’s 16th flight. The launch is scheduled for 8 p.m. CDT, the company said. FOX Business has contacted the space travel company but has heard nothing.

The launch date marks the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Bezos assigned himself to the flight a month ago and asked his brother, Mark, to join him. Guiding them will be a $28 Million Auction Winner and Wally Funk, one of the last remaining members of the Mercury 13 to be chosen as an “Honored Guest.”

Blue Origin approved for manned spaceflight ahead of Bezos launch

In this image from video made available by Blue Origin, the New Shepard capsule uses parachutes to land during a test in West Texas on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP)

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The FAA’s approval came a day later Richard Branson successfully completed a test flight in space with Virgin Galactic.

The rocket from Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic, which reached an altitude of 83.5 miles above the New Mexico desert, was an important step in bringing astrotourism closer to reality.

Daniella Genovese of FOX Business contributed to this report.

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