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A businessman is on his way to becoming Portugal’s first space visitor


The autonomous and reusable New Shepard capsule from the American company Blue Origin, with five more crew members, is due to take off today from the Texas desert, in the United States, with the launch “window” scheduled to start at 2:30 pm (Lisbon time).

This is the sixth suborbital flight with crew from Blue Origin, an aerospace company run by tycoon Jeff Bezos.

Alongside Mário Ferreira, president of the Pluris Investments group, through which he holds a stake in the capital of the TVI television station and the Douro Azul cruise company, will be Egyptian engineer Sara Sabry, Anglo-American mountaineer Vanessa O`Brien, co-founder of the YouTube sports channel “Dude Perfect” Coby Cotton, former telecoms executive Steve Young and technology expert Clint Kelly III.

If all goes well the six crew members will cross the barrier that separates the limit of the Earth’s atmosphere and space and feel the microgravity, in a short trip of just over 10 minutes between take-off (driven by a thruster) and landing (smoothed by a parachute). None of the crew will have to pilot the spacecraft, as it is fully autonomous. Mario Ferreira told Lusa that he is also considering investing in the aerospace industry.

Referring to a bottle of port wine involved in the flight to space, he said he hopes his mission will be “more than a tourist experience” and also “a field of experimentation.”

“For me, this is the first flight into the future of space travel. There are very interesting ongoing programs that are not sci-fi at any company I’ve met, including this company,” said the businessman, adding that the training is I added that it was very intensive.
bottle of port

“We want to see what changes the 2003 vintage will undergo, whether the G-forces and weightlessness will change flavors and colors, and whether there are other chemical or molecular changes,” he said of his Lusa. told to In addition to Taylor’s port, he also takes other items on the voyage, including “Homage to the Douro, rivers, boats and art”, so a “filigree lavero boat” is also sent to space.

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