The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, will travel to space next July 20 in the first manned trip of his company Blue Origin, as announced by the tycoon himself on his Instagram account.
The date of this launch, at which Jeff Bezos will be accompanied by his brother, has been scheduled a fortnight after his departure as CEO of Amazon.
“Since I was five years old I have always dreamed of traveling into space. On July 20 I will make that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend,” Bezos has written on Instagram, in a message that accompanies a video in which the founder of Amazon invites his brother to live with him this experience.
Bezos explains that seeing the Earth from space “changes you and changes your relationship with the planet and with humanity” and stresses that all his life he has wanted to live this adventure.
On May 26, at a virtual meeting of Amazon shareholders, Bezos announced that he will step down as head of the company on July 5, when the handover to his successor, Andy Jassy, will be made official.
Thus, as he himself indicated, he will have more time to focus on philanthropic initiatives and the management of his other companies, Blue Origin and the newspaper “The Washington Post”.
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Bezos founded Blue Origin, his space exploration company, in 2000.
The company is still bidding for a seat on the first manned flight on which Bezos and his brother will travel. According to the website, the highest bid is currently at $2.8 million. The auction will conclude on June 12, with the winning amount donated to Club for the Future, Blue Origin’s educational foundation. Some 6,000 people from 143 countries have participated in the auction.
The flight will introduce Blue Origin to the space tourism business. New Shepard, named in honor of Alan Shepard, America’s first astronaut, has flown 15 consecutive successful missions to space and back above the Kármán Line: one hundred kilometers in altitude.
The spacecraft is composed of a rocket and a capsule on top. Both are reusable. The rocket returns in a controlled manner to the ground and the capsule, equipped with large panoramic windows, returns by parachute. The flights last eleven minutes. Passengers will feel weightlessness during part of the flight and will appreciate the curvature of the Earth.
The launch center is located in West Texas, near the Mexican border.