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: Liftoff remains set for 9 a.m. ET, in about 30 minutes. 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.

8:26 a.m. ET: The Bezos brothers, Daemen and Funk are now walking up the tower to get seated in their crew capsule.8:20 a.m. ET: The passengers are now being driven out to the launch pad ahead of being loaded into the crew capsule.8:15 a.m. ET: Blue Origin shows us our first glimpse of the four passengers as they walk out from the company’s astronaut training center to load into a car heading to the launch pad.

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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