Two weeks after stepping down as CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos plans to take on Blue Origin’s first human flight and become one of the first civilians in space later this month.
The founder of Amazon announced on Monday that the New Shepherd spacecraft, launched by Blue Origin on July 20, is on the verge of spaceflight. With his brother and the winner of a multi-million dollar auction for the final seat.
Jeff Bezos will defeat billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson, who owns his own rocket business, into space if the launch goes ahead as planned.
This month’s launch has been given to Blue Origin, which has raised billions of dollars and is much needed for the billionaire’s space race, defeating both Brunson’s Virgin Galactic and Musk’s SpaceX, taking a civilian into space.
“Since I was five, I dreamed of going into space,” Jeff Bezos said in an Instagram post. “On July 20, Jeff Bezos will go with my brother. The biggest adventure I did with my best friend. ”
Jeff Bezos and Mark Bezos © Blue Origin
The New Shepherd was the first commercial spacecraft to carry a civilian beyond the internationally recognized space boundary of Karman, more than 60 miles above the Earth.
The high-risk effort comes two weeks after Jeff Bezos officially stepped down as CEO of Amazon.com’s $ 1.6tn e-commerce group, which he launched on July 5th.
Blue Origin has previously declined to discuss whether Bezos plans to join its first commercial flight.
Nearly 6,000 people have bid up to $ 2.8 million for a seat in New Shepherd, Blue Origin said Monday.
“Seeing the Earth from space changes you – it changes your relationship with the Earth and humanity. It’s one planet, “Jeff Bezos said in an Instagram video Monday that it would make” sense “to take him with his younger brother.
Mark Bezos said he was “surprised” by the “unexpected” invitation.
Mark Jeff Bezosis the founder of HighPost Capital in a New York-based private equity firm that the Jeff Bezos family partially owns. He also works with Robin Hood, an anti-poverty charity in New York, and as a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale, a wealthy suburb of Westchester.