Jeff Bezos announces that he and his brother will fly to the edge of space next MONTH on a Blue Origin spacecraft, alongside the winner of an online auction currently at $2.8MILLION
- Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark will fly on New Shepard July 20 with four others
- Blue Origin is offering one seat on the vehicle to the public through an online bid
- The six passengers will spend at least 10 minutes floating in zero gravity in space
Outgoing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that that he and his brother Mark will fly on New Shepard, a Blue Origin spacecraft, when it blasts off on July 20.
Jeff Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, will fly alongside Mark and the winner of an online auction, who will have bid at least $2.8 million for their seat.
The passengers will spend at least 10 minutes floating in zero gravity inside the capsule during the suborbital sightseeing trip.
Blue Origin named the New Shepard program after astronaut Alan Shepard, who was the first American to fly into space exactly 60 years ago.
Blue Origin, founded in 2000, touts itself as means to provide cheaper access to space through the use of reusable rockets, specifically the New Shepard that has flown 15 times
‘Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,’ Bezos posted to his Instagram account.
‘On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.’
The two Bezos brothers will be part of a crew of six on New Shepard, along with the highest bidder from the public auction. The remaining places will be taken by Blue Origin staff.
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (pictured) founded Blue Origin back in the year 2000
According to the company’s website, the highest bid from the public for the exclusive spot is $2.8 million. It has stayed at this figure since the end of May.
Blue Origin closed the first round of the auction last month and said it had received more than 5,200 bidders from 136 countries, without disclosing the highest bid from the round.
Until June 10 (the second phase), the bidding will occur unsealed and online for everyone to see. Bidding concludes on June 12 with a live online auction.
The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space.
The highest bid to ride on the New Shepard rocket is now $2.8 million, as shown in this shot of Blue Origin’s website
The capsule is designed with the iconic Blue Origin feather across the exterior and inside are six reclining seats that mirror those inside a helicopter
Blue Origin touts itself as means to provide cheaper access to space through the use of reusable rockets – specifically the New Shepard, which has already flown 15 times.
The rocket’s sole mission is to take tourists to space, who would travel inside a sleek, white capsule atop the vehicle.
The capsule is designed with the iconic Blue Origin feather across the exterior and inside are six reclining seats that mirror those inside a helicopter.
Blue Origin’s plans are to send tourists 62 miles above Earth’s surface as they spend at least 10 minutes in orbit.
At this altitude, passengers will experience weightlessness due to the zero gravity and see the curve of the planet with the darkness of space as the backdrop.