Amazon boss Jeff Bezos goes into space with his brother. On Instagram, he says hes going to be part of the first manned flight of the New Shepard, the rocket of his space program Blue Origin.
“ Ever since I was five years old, Ive been dreaming of traveling to space,” he says in a video on Instagram. “On July 20, I will make that trip together with my brother. The greatest adventure with my best friend.” That date is then fifteen days after he retired as CEO of Amazon online store.
If everything goes according to plan, Bezos is the first of the billionaires with a space program to make a space journey. Elon Musk, who already has a rocket powerful enough to orbit the Earth, has not yet announced a journey in his own missiles.
Musk and Branson
SpaceX, Musks space program, has already operated three manned flights. Those three flights brought astronauts to the International Space Station ISS.
British billionaire Richard Branson is the direct competitor to Blue Origin. With his space company Virgin Galactic, he wants private individuals to travel in space. He has said since its inception that he wants to be one of the first to step into his rocket. This is expected to happen by the end of this year.
Blue Origin spent six years testing the rocket and capsule the New Shepard. In the first flight there is room for six people. The missile must be about 95 kilometers above Earth in 11 minutes.
In May, the company announced that passengers are allowed with it. It is not known how much a ticket costs. Blue Origin says a place is forgiven to the winner of an auction. Yesterday, an amount of USD 2.8 million (EUR 2.3 million) was offered.