Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced that he will be going up to space on July 20. The Amazon chief executive officers will be accompanied by his younger brother Mark Bezos. They will be flying to space onboard the maiden crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard. Blue Origin is an aerospace company founded by Bezos in the year 2000. It must be noted that he would be embarking on the space trip just a fortnight after stepping down as a chief executive officer of Amazon. “I have always dreamed of traveling to space. I have been looking forward to this ever since I was five years old. I am going to live this dream with my younger brother on July 20. The greatest adventure, with my best friend,” he wrote on an Instagram post.
The flight is scheduled for July 20 and the date was finalized last month. The flight will be onboard the New Shepard rocket of the aerospace company. The New Shepard rocket has been testing since 2015. The rocket ship has so far successfully conducted 15 consecutive missions to space and back. If things go in a planned way, the Amazon founder will become the first space tycoon to have a private ride to space. The development holds significance as billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson too have been pouring huge amounts of money into their aerospace companies. SapceX and Virgin, founded by Musk and Branson respectively, have been working hard to claim the title of conducting the first actual travel into space. It must be noted that July 20 is an important date when it comes to space. This is because, on this day in the year 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the Moon.
Blue Origin will be flying with six crew members. Apart from the Bezos brothers, there will be one winning bidder of the ticket to space. The winner will be announced during a live auction that is scheduled to take place on June 10. So far over 6000 people from over 143 countries have participated in the bidding process. The highest bidding has reached up to USD 2.8 million. Blue Origin has said that the bidding amount will be donated to Club for the Future. This is a foundation run by the company to inspire future generations to take their careers in space activities. In related news, Bezos is set to step from the post of Amazon CEO on July 5. Bezos is stepping down after spending 27 years in the chair. Andy Jassy will be the next chief executive officer of the company.