Jeff Bezos Says He Will Go to Space

Jeff Bezos stated on Monday that he could be on board when his rocket firm, Blue Origin, conducts its first human spaceflight subsequent month. He stated his brother Mark Bezos would be a part of him on the flight.

Blue Origin, the rocket firm based by Mr. Bezos in 2000, can also be auctioning off a passenger seat on the New Shepard, a suborbital spacecraft that’s set to take off on July 20. Bidding has reached virtually $three million with practically 6,000 individuals from 143 international locations, the corporate stated.

The flight is about to carry six passengers on a brief journey to the sting of outer area on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown.

Blue Origin’s vacationer rocket is called after Alan Shepard, the primary American to go to area, in 1961. It has undergone 15 take a look at flights, none of which had passengers aboard.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Mr. Bezos stated on Instagram, calling the journey “the greatest adventure, with my best friend.”

“To see the earth from space, it changes you,” Mr. Bezos, 57, stated within the video announcement. “It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s one earth. I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”

The crew for the launch subsequent month will arrive in West Texas 4 days earlier than their flight for security coaching. At about 47 miles, or 250,000 toes, the capsule carrying the passengers will separate from its booster. The astronauts will then get to unbuckle and expertise weightlessness for practically three minutes earlier than the capsule returns to Earth. Because the capsule is totally pressurized, passengers won’t be required to put on spacesuits or helmets.

Mr. Bezos, who additionally based Amazon, stated in February that he would step down as that firm’s chief govt on July 5. Andy Jassy, the chief of Amazon’s cloud computing division, will change into chief govt, whereas Mr. Bezos will change into govt chairman. Mr. Bezos stated he wished to put extra time and power into his different passions, together with Blue Origin.

Mr. Bezos has lengthy voiced his targets and aspirations for human growth across the photo voltaic system, imagining hundreds of thousands of individuals ultimately dwelling and dealing in area.

Blue Origin, which is understood for constructing and promoting rocket engines to one other rocket firm, just lately misplaced a contest with SpaceX for a contract to construct a moon lander for NASA’s astronauts. It later protested the award. Customers have additionally paid to fly science experiments for NASA and personal scientists throughout take a look at flights of the New Shepard spacecraft.

Blue Origin has been making ready for years for the beginning of its area tourism program, which can provide suborbital journeys to what is taken into account the boundary of outer area, 62 miles above Earth.