Heading into space, Amazon billionaire and space company Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos on Monday said he will be a passenger on Blue Origin’s New Shepard flight on July 20. Bezos will be joined by brother Mark Bezos. his and the winner Auction of rocket launcher seats
“Since I was five, I’ve been dreaming of traveling in space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post on Monday. “On July 20, I’m going on a trip with my brother. The greatest adventure with my dear friend”
Blue Origin is targeting July 20 for the first launch of New Shepard with humans aboard. The New Shepard is a suborbital rocket, meaning its journey to space will be short. The entire experience from launch to landing takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
The journey will begin at the company’s launch site in West Texas. and after preliminary reinforcement The crew capsule will separate from New Shepard and continue its journey through the Karman Line, which is considered the edge of space at about 62 miles (100 kilometers) in altitude. Passengers will enjoy a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth to land using a parachute not far from the launch platform.
The New Shepard seat auction was at $2.8 million, with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries, Blue Origin said on Monday. The auction will end with a live auction on June 12.
The winning bid amount will be donated to Club for the Future, an educational non-profit organization of Blue Origin that aims to “To inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help shape the future of life in space,” according to the company.
CNET’s Eric Mack contributed to this report.