Rivian vehicle manufactured in Normal makes cameo during Bezos space launch

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Wednesday morning, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was shipped into space as his company Blue Origin launched their first flight with humans.

The billionaire made his way to the spacecraft in a vehicle made right here in Central Illinois.

In a pre-flight video, you can see Bezos and his crew entering a Rivian R1S, built in Normal, just under an hour before takeoff.

Leaders at Rivian say the company loaned several pre-production vehicles to the Blue Origin team to assist with launch-day transportation.

In total, Bezos trip to space lasted approximately 11 minutes before landing back in West Texas

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