And the billionaire wrote on his account on the “Instagram” network: “Since I was five, I have dreamed of traveling to space… On July 20, I will take this trip with my brother… It is the biggest adventure with my best friend.” French Press Agency.
Bezos-owned “Blue Origin” said in early May that it was targeting the 20th of July to launch its first tourist flight in space aboard its “New Shepard” ship, which would mark a defining moment in the competition to enter the era of private commercial space flights.
The company added that it will offer a seat on its first flight to the winner of a five-week online auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the space company’s charitable foundation.
Ariane Cornell, the company’s director of space sales, declined to reveal details of the general prices for tickets the company had set for future flights, a secret that the company has kept for years.
Reuters news agency reported in 2018 that Blue Origin intends to collect at least $200,000 from each passenger, based on an evaluation of the plans of the competing company, Virgin Galactic Holdings, owned by billionaire Richard Branson, and other considerations. Thinking may have changed.
Cornell said that after the first flight in July, the company will launch two more manned flights before the end of the year.
The New Shepard is designed to carry six passengers more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) above Earth into space, high enough to experience weightlessness for a few minutes and see the curvature of the planet before the capsule returns to Earth with the help of parachutes.