Next month, on Blue Origin’s first voyage with a crew, Jeff Bezos will become the first person in the world to ride his own rocket into space.
Jeff Bezos, outdoing his fellow billionaires in daredevilry, will launch his Blue Origin firm into space next month for the first time with a crew. According to Forbes, the 57-year-old Amazon entrepreneur and world’s richest person will be the first person to fly his own rocket to space.
Jeff Bezos will ride his own rocket into space next month, joining the first crew to fly in a Blue Origin capsule. https://t.co/NlkvRNopSp
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Bezos announced his plans on Monday and added that he will embark on the journey with his younger brother and best friend, Mark, an investor and volunteer firefighter, in an even more audacious show of faith. That, he claimed, would make it more meaningful.
The first trip will take place on July 20
After 15 successful test flights of its reusable New Shepard rockets, Blue Origin’s first voyage with people aboard will take place on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first moon landing.
The Bezos brothers will launch alongside the winner of an online charity auction from a remote West Texas location.
There’s no word yet on who else might inhabit the six-person capsule during the 10-minute voyage, which would transport passengers to an altitude of roughly 65 miles (105 kilometres), just beyond the edge of space, before returning to Earth without entering orbit.Jeff Bezos claimed he’s wanted to go to space since he was five years old.
Seeing the Earth from space has a profound effect on you. It alters your relationship with the Earth and humankind as a whole. In an Instagram post, Bezos stated, “It’s one Earth.” I want to take this flight because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a thrilling adventure. For me, it’s a huge problem.
I wasn’t expecting him to say he was going to be on the first flight, and then when he asked me to join him, I was really taken aback. Bezos will resign as CEO of Amazon 15 days before the launch. He indicated months ago that he intends to devote more time to his rocket firm and The Washington Post newspaper.
Capsule seats from the Russian space program or more recently SpaceX
His stake in Amazon is valued at $164 billion, making Bezos the wealthiest person ever to fly to space. Until now, thrill-seeking billionaires had to purchase capsule seats from Russia’s space program or, more recently, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which is preparing to launch its first private voyage in September. These tens of millions of dollars per person orbital excursions, which usually last several days and include visits to the International Space Station, have cost tens of millions of dollars each person.
The journey of Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule, named after Alan Shepard, the first American in space, will last five minutes fewer than Shepard’s suborbital trip aboard a Mercury spacecraft in 1961.
Blue Origin’s capsule, on the other hand, is ten times larger, with a massive window in each seat – the largest windows ever designed for a spaceship, in fact. The Kent, Washington-based business is working on an orbital rocket named after John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth.
The Jeff Bezos mission will mark the start of the company’s space tourism venture. The company has yet to begin selling seats to the general public or even to publish a ticket pricing for the three-minute weightlessness flights.