This is how the richest man in the world goes out with his best friend.
- Jeff Bezos will fly into space this July on Blue Origin’s new Shepard rocket.
- Brother Mark Bezos to accompany the founder of Amazon during his excursion.
- After more than dozen test runs, the single-stage manned capsule rocket has been certified safe for space tourism.
- Third place still remains up for auction.
Wwhen you boast $ 186 billion in net worth and owning the largest trillion dollar company in the world, no idea seems far-fetched. They say that money can’t buy you happiness, but it can definitely buy a space trip to see the world from a perspective that only a few in history could. And it is something much greater than happiness.
Amazon founder and richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, took the holiday game to the next level by embarking on a journey into space on the first manned flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. The excursion is scheduled on July 20 on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
In a video message Bezos shared through his social media, he said: “See the Earth from space, it changes you,” Jeff Bezos said in a video announcing his plan.
Change your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It is a land. I want to take this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life. It is an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.
But the founder of Blue Origin is not going to set out alone on the adventure of life. Bezos will share the moment with his brother and best friend, Mark Bezos.
“I didn’t even expect him to say he would go on the first flight, “added Mark Bezos.” And then when he asked me to accompany him, I was simply amazed. What an amazing opportunity, not just to experience this adventure, but to be able to do it with the my best friend.“
The third place on the rocket is up for sale via a charity auction priced at $ 2.8 million. The unsealed online bidding period will run until June 10th, after which a live auction will announce the winner 2 days later.
Currently, the three-phase auction is underway in its second phase. The pre-offer from May 5-19 saw massive competition between aspiring astronauts, bringing the price of the offer to $ 2.8 million on Monday morning. This number reached $ 3.2 million in the afternoon.
The money generated from the New Shepard seat auction will be donated to Club for the Future, with Blue Origin’s philanthropic trust to motivate the younger generation to pursue careers in space exploration and STEM.
The new Shepard rocket was launched by Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ space flight company founded in 2000. It is named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard, and is specifically designed to facilitate space tourism. The spaceship is spacious enough to accommodate at least six people, housing them with huge windows for an unfiltered view of our planet from space.
“Ever since I was 5, I’ve dreamed of space travel,” Bezos said in a video post on his personal Instagram account. “On July 20 I will take that trip with my brother.”
How does New Shepard Rocket Ship work and how safe is it?
An adventure is never meant to be safe, but to dare the risk of life. Asking how safe Blue Origin’s New Shepard is is the same as asking how safe skydiving or bungee jumping is.
This single-stage rocket with a crew capsule was successfully tested many times before company founder Jeff Bezos announced its maiden voyage in July.
The mechanism of the spaceship is something like this: the rocket together with the crew capsule flies vertically into space. Both later separate at a predetermined altitude after 100 km, which is the scientific start of space, called the Kármán line. The crew capsule then deploys the parachutes, slowly descending to the launch point firing retro rockets.
The journey takes 11 minutes: three minutes of the crew capsule reaching a weightless altitude of 100 km (the beginning of space) with a rare view of the Earth, seven minutes for the autonomous rocket landing after take-off and the remaining three minutes for the crew capsule to float down to Earth using parachutes.
The West Texas Desert is the planned landing spot.