“Ever since I was five, I’ve dreamed of traveling in space,” Bezos said in an Instagram post on Monday. “On July 20, I will make this journey with my brother. The greatest adventure with my best friend.”
Blue Origin is set for July 20 for the first launch of New Shepard with people on board. New Shepard is a suborbital rocket, which means that space travel will be short. The whole experience from launch to landing will last about 10 to 15 minutes.
The voyage will begin at the company’s launch site in West Texas, and after an initial push, the crew capsule will separate from New Shepard and continue along the Karman line, which is considered the edge of space about 100 miles (62 miles) high. Passengers will enjoy a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth for a parachute landing not far from the launch pad.
The auction for a seat in New Shepard is already worth $ 2.8 million with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries, Blue Origin announced on Monday. The bidding will end with a live auction on June 12.
The winning bid will be donated to the non-profit educational organization Blue Origin, Club for the Future, which aims to “inspire future generations to pursue a career in STEM and help shape the future of life in space,” according to the company.
Eric Mack of CNET contributed to this report.