Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ space company, has announced that the richest man in the world will take off on July 20 on the company’s first manned flight of the new Shepherd, rocket and passenger capsule, exactly 52 years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
The rocket is supposed to carry the capsule, which has six seats, to an altitude of about 100 km and the flight is supposed to last about 11 minutes. It has not yet been announced who the other passengers on the historic flight will be.
“Ever since I was five, I have dreamed of traveling in space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post. “On July 20, I will go on a journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friends.“
In this way, Bezos is expected to become the first space tourist to invest in space, beating its main rival, Spice.X founder Alon Musk, as well as Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, who plans to be on the company’s first spaceflight flight towards the end. The current year.
Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000, after amassing wealth thanks to Amazon’s dizzying success. To date, the company has conducted more than a dozen rocket tests from facilities in Texas, all of which have been unmanned. Blue Origin is also developing a rocket called New Glenn and the company hopes it will be used to launch satellites into space and even fly into deep space.