Jeff Bezos plans to become one of the first civilians in the space later this month, taking on Blue Origin’s first human flight just two weeks after his resignation as chief executive of Amazon.
The Amazon founder announced Monday that he was going to board the spacecraft aboard the New Shepard spacecraft scheduled for launch from Blue Origin on July 20, alongside his brother and the winner of a sale at the multimillion-dollar auction for the final post.
If the launch goes ahead as planned, Bezos will beat billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson, who have their own race projects, into space.
This month’s launch gave Blue Origin, which was funded with billions of dollars by the founder of Amazon, some much needed boost in the billion-dollar space race, beating both Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Musk’s SpaceX to take a civilian into space.
“Since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling in space,” Bezos said in a statement Instagram post. “On July 20, I will make this trip with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend ”.
New Shepard is on track to be the first commercial space flight to take a civilian across the Kármán Line, the internationally recognized space shore, more than 60 kilometers above the earth.
The high-risk venture comes just two weeks after Bezos officially left the chief executive of Amazon.com, the $ 1.6 million e-commerce group he founded, on July 5th.
Blue Origin has previously refused to discuss whether Bezos plans to join himself on his first commercial flight.
Nearly 6,000 people have bid for a seat in New Shepard for up to $ 2.8 million, Blue Origin said Monday.
“Seeing the earth from space changes you – it changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s an Earth,” Bezos said in Monday’s Instagram video, adding that it would be “significant” to take with him his younger brother.
Mark Bezos said he was “scared” by the “unexpected” invitation, calling it “a remarkable opportunity.”
Mark Bezos is the founder of HighPost Capital, a privately held company in New York that is partly owned by the Bezos family. He also works with Robin Hood, a New York anti-poverty charity, and as a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale, a wealthy suburb in Westchester County.