“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of travelling to space,” said Jeff Bezos in his latest Instagram post. The billionaire founder of Amazon has announced that he will fly on the first passenger flight of his space company Blue Origin with his brother in July.
On July 20, the rocket company’s first suborbital sightseeing trip will have its founder with his brother Mark Bezos and the winner of a public auction held for one of the seats as the passengers. The flight is only two weeks after Jeff Bezos has decided to step down as the CEO of Amazon.
According to BBC, the bid for a seat on the New Shepherd had reached $2.8 million right after the founder announced his plan to take the flight. The auction will conclude on July 12.
“What a remarkable opportunity, not only to have this adventure but to do it with my best friend,” says Mark in the video posted to Jeff’s Instagram account.
Blue Origin was founded by Bezos in 2000. Its space tourism system rocket, New Shepherd, carries a capsule to the edge of the space, and is designed to fly six passengers, reaching an altitude of more than 340,000 feet (100 kilometres) above the Earth into suborbital space. Blue Origin has been flight testing the rocket and its safety systems since 2012. In addition, it has conducted more than dozen successful consecutive missions including three successful escape tests without passengers on board.
The company has revealed that New Shepherd is named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepherd, the first American to go to space.