June 7, 2021
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced that he and his brother, along with an auction winner, will be aboard his Blue Origin aerospace manufacturer’s first manned spaceflight in July.
The New Shepherd spacecraft will reportedly lift off from a facility in Van Horn, Texas. In addition to Bezos and his brother Mark, the 30-minute flight will include the winner of an ongoing live auction that has seen 6,000 entries from more than 140 countries push the winning seat price to $2.8 million. The craft will reportedly reach the edge of space, allowing passengers to float within the capsule, before returning to Earth.
Blue Origin will donate the winning seat price bid to its foundation promoting space exploration among younger generations.
Bezos, who made the announcement on social media, has long been a fan of private commercial space travel and exploration, including seeding Blue Origin with $500 million in funding in 2016. Bezos is reportedly the world’s richest man with a net worth of $186 billion.