Live updates: Jeff Bezos heads to space

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, and three other passengers will fly on a suborbital mission into space Tuesday morning aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard.

The latest: Blue Origin tweeted that “liftoff is on track” for 9 a.m. ET. New Shepard will carry Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk and the company’s first paying customer, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. The livestream will be aired on Blue Origin’s website.

At T-45 minutes, the four crew members “will move to the tower to begin preparations for crew capsule load-in,” Blue Origin said. “At T-30 minutes, astronauts will load into the crew capsule. The hatch will close six minutes later at T-24 minutes,” the company added.

Catch up quick: Tuesday’s flight is the Blue Origin’s first crewed launch and is the culmination of years of work for the company, which is trying to beef up its customer base for these suborbital flights.

The big picture: Bezos is the second billionaire this month to launch into space in his company’s own rocket, after Richard Branson completed his own Virgin Galactic suborbital flight on July 11.

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This story is developing and will be updated.

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