Jeff Bezos will go into space on the first Blue Origin manned mission with the new New Shepard rocket. The flight is scheduled to take place on July 29, exactly 15 days after Bezos stepped down as Amazon CEO. The founder of Blue Origin travels with his brother, Mark Bezos, on this journey.
Jeff Bezos today in the post at Instagram page “I have dreamed of space travel since I was five years old,” he wrote. Now, on July 20, I am going to make this trip with my brother. “The biggest adventure with my best friend.”
If all goes according to plan, Bezos will be the first billionaire in the space industry to go into space with his own rocket technology. This is something that even SpaceX CEO Ilan Musk has failed to do.
Earlier, Richard Branson, a British billionaire and owner of the Virgin Galactic space company, announced his plan to send the rich into space. The company competes directly with Blue Origin. Branson had long said he would be one of the first passengers on the Virgin Galactic rocket’s space voyage into space, but the company’s rocket flight is likely to take place in a few months.
The Blue Origin manned flight is carried out with the help of a six-person capsule and a 55-meter-long missile. The flight is scheduled to last 11 minutes and raise its occupants to an altitude of more than 96 km.
After six years of secret research into its rocket and space capsule, Blue Origin finally announced about a month before the first New Shepard space mission. Although Blue Origin has not yet announced the ticket price for this flight, it has been confirmed that one of the seats will be auctioned to the highest bidder. The highest bid is currently $ 2.8 million.