Jeff Bezos plans to become one of the first civilians to enter space later this month, accepting Blue Origin’s First human flight Only two weeks after stepping down as CEO of Amazon.
The Amazon founder announced on Monday that he will travel to the edge of space aboard the new Shepard spacecraft that Blue Origin plans to launch on July 20, his brother and the winner of the last multi-million dollar auction of seats.
If the launch goes according to plan, Bezos will defeat the billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson who have their own rocket companies into space.
This month’s launch has provided some much-needed funding for Blue Origin, which has received billions of dollars in funding from Amazon’s founders. The momentum of the billionaire space race, Defeated Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Musk’s SpaceX in sending civilians into space.
“Since I was five years old, I have dreamed of traveling in space,” Bezos said in a statement. Instagram posts“On July 20, I will embark on that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
New Shepard is expected to be the first commercial space flight to take civilians beyond the Carmen Line, which is the internationally recognized edge of space and is more than 60 miles from the Earth.
Bezos officially stepped down as CEO of Amazon on July 5. This is a $1.6 trillion e-commerce group he founded. This high-risk effort will arrive in just two weeks.
Blue Origin previously declined to discuss whether Bezos plans to take part in his first commercial flight in person.
Blue Origin said on Monday that nearly 6,000 people have bid as much as $2.8 million for a seat in New Shepard.
“Looking at the earth from space has changed you-it has changed your relationship with this planet and with humans. This is an earth,” Bezos said in an Instagram video on Monday, adding that bringing his brother was “very Significant”.
Mark Bezos said he was “shocked” by the “unexpected” invitation, calling it an “extraordinary opportunity.”
Mark Bezos is the founder of HighPost Capital, a New York-based private equity firm partially owned by the Bezos family. He also worked with Robin Hood, a New York anti-poverty charity, and worked as a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale, a wealthy suburb in Westchester County.