Jeff Bezos will fly into area on Blue Origin’s first manned rocket

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Jeff Bezos spoke at the unveiling of the Blue Origin New Shepard System in 2017.

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Jeff Bezos flies into space. The Amazon billionaire and founder of space company Blue Origin said Monday that he will be a passenger on Blue Origins New Shepard’s maiden flight on July 20. Bezos is owned by his brother Mark Bezos as well as the winner of an auction for a seat at the rocket launch.

“I’ve dreamed of going into space since I was five years old,” said Bezos in an Instagram post on Monday. “On July 20th I will take this trip with my brother. The greatest adventure with my best friend.”

Blue Origin plans July 20th for New Shepard’s first human launch. New Shepard is a suborbital rocket, which means the trip into space will be short. The entire experience from takeoff to landing takes around 10 to 15 minutes.

The journey begins at the company’s launch facility in West Texas, and after an initial thrust, the New Shepard crew pod will separate and continue past the Karman Line, which is believed to be the edge of space approximately 100 kilometers away. in height. Passengers will enjoy a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth for a parachute landing not far from the launch pad.

The auction bids for a seat on New Shepard are already at $ 2.8 million with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries, Blue Origin said on Monday. The submission of bids ends with a live auction on June 12th.

The award amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s nonprofit educational organization Club for the Future, which aims to “inspire future generations to pursue STEM careers and invent the future of life in space,” the company said.

CNET’s Eric Mack contributed to this report.

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