Two weeks after stepping down as the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has announced that he and his brother will be flying to space next month. They will fly on the rocket of Blue Origin, company-owned by Jeff Bezos.
Bezos, through his Instagram post, told the world, “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. Finally, on July 20, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
“To see the Earth from space changes you. I want to go on this flight because it’s a thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. So it’s a big deal for me,” he added.
Many companies invest billions in space exploration, but blue origin will be the first company to carry persons. Companies of Elon Musk and Richard Branson are also working on space, but it seems Bezos has won the race.
Blue Origin is conducting auctions for space travel. The auction will end on June 12, which will be a live online auction. The company has received more than 5,200 bids from 136 countries. The current highest bid stood at $2.8 million.
The space trip will only last for 10 minutes. After that, the rocket will spend four minutes above the Karman line. The line marks the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.
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.
The company was starting testing New Shepard and its redundant safety systems in 2012. The program has had 15 successful consecutive missions, including three successful escape tests, showing the crew escape system can activate safely in any phase of flight.