Blue Origin said Bezos’ younger brother, Mark Bezos, will also join the flight.
“Ever since I was five, I dreamed of traveling in space,” Bezos, 57, said in an Instagram post Monday morning. “On July 20, I will make this journey with my brother. The greatest adventure with my best friend.”
If all goes according to plan, Bezos – he is the richest man in the world with a net worth of 187 billion dollars – will be the first of the billionaire space tycoons to survive a trip aboard rocket technology, in which he poured millions. Even Elon Musk, whose SpaceX is building enough powerful rockets to orbit the Earth, has not announced plans to travel into space aboard one of his crew-worthy capsule crews. British billionaire Richard Branson, whose own space company Virgin Galactic plans to fly to suborbital space for ultra-rich thrill seekers and compete directly with Blue Origin. Branson has long said he will be among the first passengers aboard the Virgin Galactic rocket-powered aircraft, but that flight is expected to take place later in 2021.
The Blue Origin crew flight will see the company’s six-seater capsule and the 59-foot rocket, which tore to the edge of space in an 11-minute flight that will reach more than 60 miles above Earth.
After six years of extensive and often covert testing of the rocket and capsule called New Shepard, Blue Origin announced in May that it was preparing to place the first passengers in a New Shepard capsule.
Although the company has not announced how much it will sell regular tickets for, Blue Origin said one seat will be given to the winner in a one-month auction that is currently underway. Bidding had reached $ 2.8 million by Monday morning.
With additional reporting by Rachel Crane.