A resident of Belo Horizonte (MG) is about to become the first Brazilian to participate in space tourism, aboard a flight of the American company blue origin. How did you achieve this feat? Win a raffle.
Engineer Victor Correa Hespanha, 28, is lucky enough to board a spacecraft this Saturday (4). He spent about 4,000 BRL buying an NFT (“non-fungible token”) for the first time with Crypto Space Agency (CSA), which sponsors one of the seats on the trip. (To understand In this matter give Super what are NFTs.)
CSA’s mission would be to unite space industry technology with the cryptocurrency market to “accelerate the space future of humanity.” The company put more than 5,500 NFTs up for sale in April, claiming that one of the buyers would have the opportunity to travel into space with the company of billionaire Jeff Bezos, also founder and CEO of Amazon.
The New Shepard spacecraft is scheduled to take off at 10 a.m. (Brazil time). Start Site One give blue origin – launch pad located about 40 miles from the city of Van Horn, Texas (USA). The mission, called NS-21, will be the company’s fifth manned mission.
What will the flight be like?
The crew of the NS-21 will make a quick tour of the space. The self-driving flight will last 10 minutes, and the rocket will reach an altitude of about 100 kilometers, at a speed of 3,700 km / h. (By comparison, a typical commercial aircraft flies at approximately 10 km altitude and 850 km / h.)
Once the passengers arrive in space, the spacecraft module will fall freely back to Earth, reaching the ground with the help of a parachute. During this period, the crew will experience the sensation of microgravityfloating in the spaceship.
The flight of Blue Origin is called suborbital: it has a relatively low speed and is insufficient to orbit the planet. For this to happen, it would be necessary to reach a much higher speed: about 28,000 km / h to orbit at an altitude of 200 km, for example.
This is because objects orbiting the Earth, such as the International Space Station (ISS), are only continually falling around the planet. They are launched into space at such a high speed that the curvature of their trajectory is similar to that of Earth. (You can understand more about suborbital flights In this matter give Super.)
The NS-21 mission was originally scheduled to take place on May 20, but was delayed after Blue Origin encountered problems with rocket security systems.
who are the crew
Victor will travel to space with five other people: Evan Dick, an engineer and investor; Katya Echazarreta, former NASA test chief; Hamish Harding, executive jet pilot and president of Action Aviation; Jason Robinson, entrepreneur; and Victor Vescovo, also an entrepreneur.
Victor will become the first Brazilian to embark on the wave of space tourism, but will also be the second Brazilian to fly into space. The first was Marcos Pontes, an astronaut and former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. He visited the International Space Station (ISS) in 2006.
Katya Echazarretas, who was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 7, will also go down in history. She will become the first Mexican and the youngest American to fly into space.
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