Jeff Bezos will go to space subsequent month when his company, Blue Origin, launches its first passenger-carrying mission.
The 57-year-old, who plans to travel alongside his brother, Mark, made the announcement in an Instagram put up Monday. The scheduled launch subsequent month might be about two weeks after the billionaire plans to step down as chief govt officer of Amazon.com Inc.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos stated within the put up. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
Blue Origin is certainly one of a number of high-profile space-tourism firms backed by a rich entrepreneur, alongside Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. Both of these firms are making plans to carry paying clients.
Blue Origin is auctioning off a seat on its New Shepard rocket for the July 20 flight, an 11-minute journey to suborbital space that may attain an altitude of about 100 kilometers (62 miles). The spot would be the just one obtainable for buy on the flight, and the proceeds will go to a Blue Origin basis that promotes math and science schooling.
The excessive bid stood at $2.8 million Monday morning, in accordance to the company’s web site. Bidding will finish June 12 with a reside on-line public sale. It might be Blue Origin’s sixteenth flight.
The company has stated that clients can have a four-day expertise, together with three days of preflight coaching on the company’s launch website close to Van Horn, Texas. Blue Origin has constructed lodging, together with a cafeteria.
Branson, 70 years previous, plans to fly on a Virgin Galactic flight to suborbital space, maybe as early as this summer time. The timing of that launch had been doubtful after a number of check failures and obtained again on monitor final month with a profitable flight to space carrying two pilots.
John Glenn was the oldest individual to fly in space, at 77, when he hitched a experience aboard a space shuttle as a US senator in 1998. Glenn had been the primary American to orbit the earth, as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut in 1962.
Bezos plans to hand the reins as Amazon’s CEO to Andy Jassy on July 5.
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