Ground check to Major Jeff … are you sure you really want to do this, sir ???
Jeff Bezos says he is heading into space as part of the first crewed flight on a rocket made by his aerospace company, Blue Origin. The CEO of Amazon will be joined in the crew by his younger brother, Mark, which he calls his best friend.
Bezos says he has dreamed of traveling to space since he was 5 years old and that he will turn that dream into reality on July 20 in a rocket called New Shepard.
The plan is for Jeff and Mark to join the auction winner for a seat on the 6-seat capsule and take an 11-minute trip in the 59-foot rocket that will reach over 60 miles above Earth.
So far, the highest bid for a seat in New Shepard is approaching $ 3 million.
Bezos – the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 187 billion – will be the first among billionaires at a space company to actually take a ride aboard the technology he has spent a fortune developing.
Elon muskSpaceX is doing amazing things, but so far it has not announced any plans to travel to space itself. Richard branson Said he would board Virgin Galactic rocket propelled plane … but that’s not expected until later this year.
So Jeff goes there first, and it has to be said – it’s an incredibly dangerous adventure and for someone with so much to lose, it will be interesting to see how he prepares for it … physically, mentally. and of course. , financial planning.
The date of its flight, July 20, is significant … it will be the 52nd anniversary of the first moon landing. Yes, this is a big giant leap for Bezos.