Depressing, the X15 flew higher in 1963
It's been 58 years since the X15 flew to 67 miles and 60 years since Alan Shepard made his flight. If someone had built an airplane and few it 120 feet on a beach in 1963 no one would have cared except the mother of the Cub Scout that did it. Branson's flight was only to 50 miles and Bezos will just be taking the worlds most expensive pogo stick to a lousy 100KM. Even when Alan Shepard made his flight it was basically just a participation trophy, Yuri Gagarin had already orbited the earth. Both of these efforts are just a colossal waste of resources and money. You can get more zero gravity time for vastly less money on Nasa's vomit comet. Virgin has at least used their technology to put a couple of satellites into orbit, Blue Origin has accomplished exactly nothing and they've knee capped ULA with their failure to supply an engine to replace the Russian engines that they have been using. As someone who watched Alan Shepards launch in his first grade classroom and is now old enough to collect Social Security I find this extremely depressing.