Amazon.com and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos will fly on the primary crewed flight of the New Shepard suborbital automobile, the billionaire introduced on Instagram on Monday (June 7).
The flight is scheduled for July 20, the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown. The New Shepard capsule, which operates autonomously and doesn’t want a pilot, will launch from Blue Origin’s West Texas facility. The flight will final roughly 11 minutes.
Bezos’ brother, Mark, will be part of the crew as effectively, the Instagram put up famous. “Ever since I used to be 5 years previous, I’ve dreamed of touring to area,” Bezos wrote. “On July twentieth, I’ll take that journey with my brother. The best journey, with my greatest pal.”
One other seat on the flight is at the moment being auctioned off to the very best bidder throughout a three-round course of that can conclude on Saturday (June 12). Bids have already reached $2.8 million, in keeping with the corporate; the successful sum will go to the corporate’s science and know-how outreach basis, Membership for the Future.
The New Shepard automobile can maintain six passengers.
Blue Origin’s foremost competitor in suborbital tourism flights, Virgin Galactic, can also be making strides towards flying its first paying buyer. Its automobile, the piloted VSS Unity area aircraft, has flown a number of instances, together with as soon as with the corporate’s chief astronaut as a passenger.
Most not too long ago, Virgin Galactic has bought tickets at $250,000, and in Could, an organization report indicated it was focusing on a business flight as quickly as subsequent yr.
Blue Origin’s totally reusable New Shepard system has flown 15 instances throughout uncrewed checks. Throughout the newest flight, in April, firm staff rehearsed the doorway and exit process, a milestone upfront of subsequent month’s crewed flight.
“It’s an journey,” Bezos stated in a video posted with the announcement. “It’s an enormous deal for me.”
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