Blue Origin is planning its first manned flight into space for July 20th. Six people can be there. Two of these seats will be occupied by Jeff and Mark Bezos. Jeff Bezos revealed that on Monday. He became one of the richest people in the world as the founder of Amazon.com and also started Blue Origin.
“I’ve dreamed of going into space since I was five years old,” posted Jeff Bezos on Instagram, “On July 20th I will take this trip with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.” Mark Bezos was surprised that his older brother would be there for the first manned take-off, and even more surprised to have been invited himself.
The flight will take about eleven minutes and should cross the internationally recognized border to space at a height of 100 kilometers (Kármán line). The weightlessness phase should last several minutes. Six astronauts will be seated in the RSS First Step Crew Capsule, carried by the New Shepard rocket. In the end, the capsule is supposed to land “gently” in the Texan desert using a parachute. New Shepard has already successfully completed 15 unmanned flights over the Kármán Line and back in a row.
Proceeds will be donated
Blue Origin is currently auctioning a seat on the first manned space flight. Bezos’ announcement that he will be flying himself has given the auction a new boost. The current maximum bid has increased by a quarter from $ 2.8 million to $ 3.5 million (as of 3:30 a.m. CEST). Online bids are still possible until Thursday. The final live auction will follow on Saturday.
The entire amount of the final maximum bid will be donated to the Club for Future sponsored by Blue Origin. This organization wants to inspire young generations for STEM careers (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology). The next generation of researchers should design future life in space.