The flight into space is scheduled for July 20, 2021, just 15 days after Bezos resigned as CEO of Amazon. Blue Origin also announced that Bezos’ younger brother, Mark Bezos, will also join the trip.
In a Monday morning Instagram post, Bezos, 57, wrote: “Since I was five, I’ve dreamed of traveling into space. On July 20, I’ll be making this trip with my brother. Greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
If all goes according to plan, Bezos – the world’s richest person with a net worth of $187 billion – will be the first billionaire space tycoons to experience a flight aboard the rockets they have dedicated millions to developing.
Even Elon Musk, whose company, SpaceX, is working on rockets powerful enough to enter Earth orbit, has not announced plans to travel to space aboard one of his company’s capsules.
Richard Branson, the British billionaire whose private space company, Virgin Galactic, is planning flights into space, has long said he will be among the first passengers on a Virgin Galactic rocket-powered plane, but it is expected that This trip takes place later in the year 2021.
Aboard a 59-foot-tall rocket and 6-seater capsule, Blue Origin will head toward the edge of space in an 11-minute flight that will reach more than 60 miles above Earth.
After six years of extensive and secret testing of the rocket and capsule, called the New Shepard, Blue Origin announced in May that it was preparing to put the first passengers on the capsule.
Although the company has not announced the price of regular tickets, Blue Origin said that one seat will be given to the winner in an auction that has been going on for a month. Bidding as of Monday morning was $2.8 million.