Fresh from his exciting rocket journey to the edge of space, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos spoke to the press about his company’s first manned mission 21 years after its inception.
During the 10-minute experience, Bezos and his three crew members enjoyed breathtaking views from Earth at more than 100 kilometers above sea level, along with a brief period of weightlessness to float around in the capsule. They also paved the way for Blue Origin’s space tourism service, where high paying customers can enjoy the same experience.
Currently considered the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 205 billion, Bezos is still excited about the journey of his life and thanks the employees and customers of the e-commerce company he has in his garage in Bellevue, Washington, 1994.
“I would also like to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you paid for all of this,” said the billionaire businessman and sparked laughter in the audience. “Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart for every Amazon customer out there and every Amazon employee.”
. @ JeffBezos speaks the truth after a successful #BlueOrigin flight:
“I would also like to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer for paying for all of this.” Https://t.co/hMS01eRzMs pic.twitter.com/3CueAOX9M8
– Dan Linden (@DanLinden) July 20, 2021
Former and current warehouse workers who have covered the harsh working conditions at the online shopping giant in one of the many news items over the years, such recognition will likely annoy, but people’s love of online shopping and its related services is out of the question offered by Amazon through its popular Prime service that generated the tremendous revenue that helped Bezos become the richest person in the world. “Customers” will also include those who pay to use Amazon Web Services, the growing cloud services business that started in 2006 and powers the online operations of many businesses, large and small.
Bezos, who resigned as CEO of Amazon earlier this month to focus more on other projects like his Blue Origin company, announced in April that Amazon has around 200 million Prime subscribers worldwide, an increase of 50 million in the past 12 months with anyone paying an annual fee for additional services that include expedited shipping of items ordered.
During his post-flight press conference, Bezos also thanked “all of the Blue Origin engineers who worked hard to make this happen,” as well as everyone who helped build the New Shepard rocket that put it into space.
He also nodded to the folks at Van Horn, the “small and amazing little town” near the launch site in West Texas.