Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos introduced Monday that he’s going to area on the primary crewed flight of the New Shepard, a rocket made by his firm Blue Origin.
Bezos ― the richest individual on the planet with a web price over $200 billion ― can be joined on the flight by his youthful brother, Mark Bezos.
“Ever since I used to be 5 years outdated, I’ve dreamed of touring to area,” Bezos wrote in a put up on Instagram. “On July 20th, I’ll take that journey with my brother. The best journey, with my finest good friend.”
The flight is scheduled for July 20, about two weeks after Bezos is about to resign as Amazon CEO.
The New Shepard ― named for Alan Shepard, the primary American in area ― includes a six-seat capsule and 59-foot rocket. It has flown 15 profitable consecutive missions to area and again, in line with Blue Origin.
The primary crewed flight will span 11 minutes and attain greater than 60 miles above Earth, reported CNN.
“I wish to go on this flight as a result of it’s a factor I’ve needed to do all my life,” Bezos mentioned in a video posted to Instagram. “It’s an journey. It’s an enormous deal for me.”
Bidding for one more seat on the flight is open till June 12, Blue Origin tweeted. As of Monday, greater than 6,000 bidders from 143 nations had participated within the public sale, with the very best bid at $2.eight million, in line with Blue Origin.
The successful bid can be donated to Blue Origin’s STEM-focused basis, Membership for the Future, the corporate mentioned in a press launch.
Correction: Alan Shepard was the primary American to journey to area, not the primary to stroll on the moon.
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