Would you take the 11 Minute Ride?

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Jeff Bezos & Bro.

They’ve announced that they’re headed up 60 miles, and coming back (11-minute flight). They haven’t said whether or not Bezos will be holding a white cat in his lap and wearing a monocle to round out the ensemble. I think that the point is to cross the Karman line (so that you’re technically in outer space).

Would you go if you could fly (for free)?

Big windows, nice view. It’s not an amusement park ride. They exist for the great unwashed. This is a ticket that the rich and famous can punch – with honorary astronaut wings. You’d be talking about it at cocktail parties for the rest of your life there on your 500′ yacht.

Lifestyles of the rich and infamous.

35 thoughts on “Would you take the 11 Minute Ride?

  1. I mis-read the logo on the rocket as “BLUE OB/GYN”.
    Make what you will of that on a ridiculously phallic rocket.

    1. You’d be catapulted (not just by the rocket) into high society – people once your betters, would become your peers. Who knows, you could be jet setted to Davos in a fancy private jet, burning hydrocarbons with obscene abandon.

          1. I’m sure that there is a follow-on to Epstein’s Island somewhere. You could get a seat on Lolita Express II. There are perks to being on the inside…

  2. I think I would pass on it; you are just an observer, along for the ride.

    1. You’d get to hang with Bezos (maybe his cat) and Bro. You might weasel a ride on the yacht, spend the yachting season anchored at Monte Carlo or in the Greek Islands?

      1. I would much rather be in my kayak on a river like the Clark Fork in MT.

    1. The president has a food taster, but does he have a hair sniffer – to pre-sniff hair to ensure that it’s toxin-free? If I got to chum it up with Bezos, maybe that would be my next step… a position of honor, trust, and profit there in the White House, on-call 24/7.

    1. Very true. If a person inherits the wealth though they have a bit of a duty to their forebears and their descendants.

  3. “Blue Origin”…so they are discriminating against all then other rainbow colors. In that case, “No”, won’t take the ride with a bunch of white supremacists.

  4. Noticed that, above, you kept listing all the reasons why you WOULDN’T want to take the ride.
    Do you have a list of reasons why it would be a good idea?

  5. To make matters worse, they have yet to actually fly a test pilot or test passenger.

    So people are dropping millions to pay for the privilege of being ‘First in F-up’.

    After careful consideration, I will parrot the famous words of my knight (SCA sensei) and shout “F%^$ NO!!!!”

    1. The Alberts

      Albert was the first monkey astronaut. On June 11, 1948, he rode to over 63 km (39 mi) on a V-2 rocket. Albert died of suffocation during the flight.

      Albert II survived the V-2 flight but died on impact on June 14, 1949, after a parachute failure. Albert II became the first monkey in space as his flight reached 134 km (83 mi) – past the Kármán line of 100 km.

      If you sense a pattern here – no female monkeys and no tranny monkeys. The males were doing the heavy lifting.

      Albert III died at 35,000 feet in an explosion of his V2 on September 16, 1949.

      Albert IV, on the last monkey V-2 flight, died on impact on December 8 that year after another parachute failure.

      Jeff Bezos is not named Albert but he’s put himself in the same position – test monkey.

      1. None of the Alberts were vaxed that I know of. Their shelf life was simply not that long. As to Bezos, I doubt it. Why would he trust an untested, nearly unknown vaccine?

    1. I’m sure that the great Bezos had a hand in the design.

      I wonder if the couches that the “astronuts” sit in have a coin-op vibrator in them? Drop a quarter in to get the full experience.

      It’s only a matter of time before somebody joins the 100 km high club.

      1. You are a prophet…matter of time before space travel captures earthly proclivities.

        Oh, if you do the veejayjay scream in space and no one else is around to hear it, is it still effective?

  6. Would I take the 11 minute ride?

    What’s the cost? The current high bid for that seat next to Bezos is $3.5 million.

    If it was free, maybe I’d take it. I’d rather take a few orbits than take a hop just to say I was in space. By the time the price comes down to my view of being worth the money, the vehicles will be well-tested and refined. They’ll be pretty darned safe by then, which is good because I’ll be in my 80s. My bet is that Blue Origin will have been swallowed by some larger company by then. Maybe ULA, since BO is supposed to be delivering engines that don’t seem to exist to ULA.

    1. I’m sure that I’ll be too old by the time space travel becomes available to the average swell. But I’d like to do it. As you say, to orbit. I’m trying to remember but wasn’t there a hospitality company working on orbiting hotels?

        1. Both would be exciting. Though the idea of being a space tourist, weightless, watching the Earth turn under me has a serious appeal. I’m too old to be useful as crew despite my ego.

  7. When I was a kid, I would have gone for free in a heartbeat.

    Nowadays, considering my “enjoyment” of amusement park rides, I’m thinking I would’ve been
    scared shitless the whole time, with the added benefit of possible puking. I guess, in zero-gee, ejection from both ends would have kept me in a stable attitude?

    Of course, if I went now, I’d probably just die. I am not in the sort of condition to pull 3+ (?) gees and live, by any means. Then there’s all the potential stuff above, although I no longer scare easily.

    I do have to hand it to Bezos to be on the first manned test – that takes much bigger balls than I would have bet on.


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