Jeff Bezos will be the first person to fly into space on the New Shepard, a rocket ship built by his business Blue Origin. The flight is slated for July 20th, just 15 days before he is expected to step down as Amazon’s CEO. According to Blue Origin, Mark Bezos, Bezos’ younger brother, will also be on the flight.
If everything goes according to plan, Bezos, the world’s richest man with a net worth of $187 billion, will be the first of the billionaire space tycoons to ride in the rocket technology he’s spent millions building. Even Elon Musk, whose SpaceX company develops rockets capable of reaching Earth’s orbit, has not declared intentions to journey to space in one of his company’s human-capable crew capsules.
Richard Branson, a British billionaire, proposes flights to suborbital space for ultra-wealthy thrill-seekers through his Virgin Galactic space venture, which will compete directly with Blue Origin. Branson has stated for a long time that he will be among the first passengers on Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered plane, although that journey is not scheduled until later in 2021.
Though Blue Origin has not stated how much regular tickets will cost, the business has said that one seat will be offered to the winner of a month-long auction now underway. The bidding started at $2.8 million on Monday morning, but it jumped to $3.2 million after Blue Origin’s announcement.