Jeff Bezos will go to space on Blue Origin’s first crewed rocket flight


The Amazon founder and his brother will board New Shepard’s first passenger flight on July 20.

Jeff Bezos speaking at the unveiling of the Blue Origin New Shepard system in 2017.

Jeff Bezos is heading to space. The Amazon billionaire and founder of space company Blue Origin said on Monday that he will be a passenger on the first crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard on July 20. Bezos will be joined by his brother, Mark Bezos, and Vijeta. Auction for a seat at Rocket Launch.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post on Monday. “On July 20, I’ll take that trip with my brother. The biggest adventure, with my best friend.”

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Blue Origin is currently targeting July 20 for its first launch of New Shepard with humans. The New Shepard is a suborbital rocket, which means the journey to space will be brief. The entire experience from launch to landing will last around 10 to 15 minutes.

The journey will begin at the company’s launch facility in West Texas, and after an initial boost, the crew capsule will separate from New Shepard and continue past the Karman Line, which is believed to be the edge of space, at approximately 62 miles (100 kilometers). of height. Passengers will enjoy a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth for a parachute-assisted landing a short distance from the launch pad.

Nerdshala’s Eric Mack contributed to this report.

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