Jeff Bezos to fly to space
Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos is set to fulfill childhood dream of visiting the space as he announced that he would be flying on the first crewed space flight with his brother.
The billionaire who further revealed that he would embark on the trip with his bother Mark, said, “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother.”
Bezos, who is due to step down as Amazon’s chief on July 5, will join the winner of an auction for a seat on the first space flight from Blue Origin.
Bezos, fellow billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson have been investing billions of dollars on their rocket startups, but Bezos will be the first of the three to actually travel into space on a rocket developed by his own company.
The Blue Origin spacecraft, which is set to carry Bezos and others, has undergone 15 test flights, none of which had any passengers onboard.
The rocket company is targeting July 20 for its first suborbital sightseeing trip on its spacecraft, a landmark moment in a competition to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel.
The New Shepard rocket-and-capsule combo is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles (100 km) above Earth into suborbital space.
According to Reuters, in 2018, Blue Origin was planning to charge passengers at least $200,000 for the ride, based on an appraisal of rival plans from billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc (SPCE.N) and other considerations, though its thinking may have changed.