Jeff Bezos to fly with his brother to space
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire Amazon founder and outgoing CEO, has revealed that he and his brother Mark would ride on the Blue Origin spaceship New Shepard when it launches on July 20.
During the suborbital sightseeing flight, travelers will spend at least 10 minutes floating in zero gravity inside the capsule.
The New Shepard program was named after astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to fly into space exactly 60 years ago.
Blue Origin, which was created in 2000, promotes the use of reusable rockets, such as the New Shepard, which has already flown 15 times, as a way to provide cheaper access to space.
‘I’ve dreamed of traveling to space since I was five years old,’ Bezos wrote on his Instagram account on Monday.
‘On July 20th, my brother and I will embark on that voyage.’ ‘The most incredible adventure, shared with my dearest friend.’
Bezos resigns as CEO of Amazon, which he created in his garage in 1994, just 15 days before the flight.
‘I want to go on this flight because it’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life,’ he stated in a short video announcement. It’s a thrilling adventure. For me, it’s a huge issue.’
If Bezos succeeds in carrying out his plan, he will be beating off rivals Richard Branson, the creator of Virgin Air, and Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, who have both expressed interest in launching commercial space rockets.
Along with the highest bidder from the public auction, the two Bezos brothers will be part of a crew of six on New Shepard. The remaining spots will be filled by Blue Origin employees.