Jeff Bezos plans to become one of the first civilians in space to take Blue Origin next month man’s first flight Just two weeks after resigning as CEO of Amazon.
The founder of Amazon announced on Monday that he will ride his bike to the edge of the New Shepard spacecraft, which was planned to be launched by Blue Origin on July 20, together with the winner of the multi-million dollar auction of his brother’s last residence.
If launched as planned, Bezos will defeat billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson, who have their own rocket launchers.
The start of this month has given the blue descent, which was funded by billions of dollars from the founder of Amazon, much needed is a momentum in the space race of billionaires, beating both Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Musk SpaceX for transporting a civilian into space.
“From the age of five, I dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said Instagram post:“On July 20, I will go on that road with my brother. The biggest adventure with my best friend. “
New Shepard is on track to be the first commercial space flight to take civilians across the Karman Line, an internationally recognized suburb more than 60 miles above the Earth.
The high-risk event comes just two weeks after Bezos officially stepped down as CEO of Amazon.com, the $ 1.6 million e-commerce group he founded, on July 5.
Blue Origin has previously refused to discuss whether Bezos planned to join its first commercial flight.
Nearly 6,000 people applied to New Shepard for up to $ 2.8 million, Blue Origin reported on Monday.
“Seeing the earth from space changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, humanity. “It’s one country,” Bezos said in an Instagram video Monday, adding that it would be “meaningful” to take his younger brother back.
Mark Bezos said he was “surprised” by the “unexpected” invitation, calling it a “remarkable opportunity”.
Mark Bezos is the founder of NewPost Capital, a New York-based private equity firm that is partly owned by the Bezos family. He works with Robin Hood, a New York City-based anti-poverty charity, as a volunteer firefighter in Skarsdale, a wealthy suburb of Westchester County.