The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, goes into space on his first crewed flight from New Shepard, a rocket ship built by his space company, Blue Origin.
The flight was scheduled for July 20, just 15 days after he resigned as Amazon CEO.
Blue Origin said Bezos’ younger brother, Mark Bezos, is also joining the trip.
Bezos said in post via Instagram: Since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. I am doing this trip with my brother on July 20th.
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And if all goes according to plan, Bezos – the world’s richest person with a net worth of $187 billion – will be the first billionaire space tycoon to experience a flight aboard the rocket technology he has pumped millions into developing.
Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, which builds rockets powerful enough to enter Earth orbit, has not announced plans to travel to space aboard one of his company’s capsules.
The flight sees the company’s six-seat capsule and 59-foot-tall rocket be used for an 11-minute flight that reaches an altitude of more than 60 miles above Earth.
After six years of extensive and secret missile and capsule testing, Blue Origin announced in May that it was preparing to put the first passengers on the New Shepard capsule.
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Although the company hasn’t announced how much you’ll get for regular tickets, Blue Origin said that one seat is given to the winner of the month-long auction that’s currently taking place. The bid amounted to $2.8 million as of Monday morning.
The world’s richest man founded Blue Origin in 2000. The company has conducted more than a dozen unmanned test flights at Blue Origin facilities in rural Texas.
Bezos set up Amazon in 1994, initially as an online bookseller, with $250,000 from his parents.
Over the following years, the site grew into one of the largest companies in the world, doing everything.
The popularity of Amazon helped increase Bezos’ fortune to more than $1 billion by 1999. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
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Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000. He sold more than $1 billion in Amazon stock each year to help fund the company’s rocket development.
And the world’s richest man remains involved in Amazon. But he is moving to the position of CEO. Andy Gacy succeeds him as CEO.
Blue Origin is also developing a rocket called New Glenn. The company hopes it will be used to send US government and commercial satellites into orbit. Moreover, the possibility of making trips to deep space.
Blue Origin was also hoping to participate in NASA’s plan to return humans to the moon by 2024. But SpaceX has outdone it by a decade to build a lunar lander that would transport astronauts.