The 57-year-old billionaire, who is planning the trip with his brother Mark, announced in an Instagram post on Monday. The launch is scheduled for July 20, about two weeks after Bezos resigned as Amazon CEO.
Since I was five years old, I’ve been dreaming of space travel. On July 20, I will be doing this trip with my brother. The biggest adventure with my best friend
Bezos wrote in the publication.
Blue Origin is one of several reputable and wealthy space travel companies sponsored by entrepreneurs, along with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Both companies plan to offer paying customers.
blue origin put up for auction One of the seats on a New Shepard rocket for the July 20 to 11-minute flight into suborbital space, during which the rocket will reach an altitude of about 100 kilometers. Currently, the auction is being held for $2.8 million, or approximately $800 million. It will be the only place to purchase for the trip, and proceeds will go to the Blue Origin Foundation, Club for the Future, which supports math and science education.
The company previously said that customers will get a four-day trial, including three days of pre-flight training at the company’s Van Horn launch site in Texas.
Bezos plans to hand over the Amazon CEO to Andy Gacy on July 5th.
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