Just two weeks after stepping down as Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, will board the New Sheppard rocket, made by his company Blue Origin, for a brief excursion into outer space.
The magnate will make the trip with his brother Mark and the winner of the auction that is currently open to sell a seat, a bid that currently exceeds $ 2,8 million and has attracted more than 6.300 interested people from 143 countries.
“If you see the earth from space, it changes you. Change your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It is a single land, "said Bezos in a video posted on his Instagram account this Monday. "Since I was five years old, I have dreamed of traveling into space," he posted.
The flight is scheduled for July 20, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. The flight is expected to last about 11 minutes, with only a small portion of that time being above the Karman line, which marks the border. between the earth's atmosphere and space.
The New Shepard rocket is reusable; The idea is that reusing rockets will reduce the cost of going into space and make it more accessible. The pressurized capsule has room for six passengers. There are no pilots. This will be the first time that a crew will be aboard the New Shepard in a capsule attached to the rocket.
After lift-off, the rocket will separate from its booster, then stay at an altitude of more than 100 kilometers for four minutes, during which passengers can experience the lack of gravity and see the curvature of the Earth from space. The booster will land autonomously on a base two miles from the launch site, and the rocket will descend, cushioned by three large parachutes, until landing.
Bezos will be the first billionaire immersed in the race for space tourism embarking on a voyage of his company, neither Elon Musk nor Richard Branson have yet traveled to space on the rockets of his companies Space X and Virgin Galactic.