Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon said that he along with his brother will fly to space on the first human flight launched by his company, Blue Origin.
He mentioned in an Instagram post that space flight was something he had wanted to do “all my life”.
The company is also auctioning a seat in the capsule to someone who would want to join them on the inaugural crewed flight.
With a net worth of $186.2 billion, Jeff Bezos is one of the world’s richest people.
“On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother,” he wrote in the Instagram post. “The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
Mark, Mr Bezos’s brother called it a “remarkable opportunity” in the video.
The Blue Origin vehicle, which would take the pair to space is named New Shepard.
When the Amazon founder announced his big plan, the bidding for the extra seat on the vehicle reached $2.8 million. This auction will end on June 12.
The New Shepard
The capsule and booster would take off vertically as well as land on the ground vertically after it returns from space.
Both the parts of the vehicle would separate at about 250,000ft/76km. And further, the capsule would go for about 350,000ft/106km.
Whereas, the booster would land about two miles from the launchpad.
Furthermore, the six-berth capsule will return to Earth with the help of parachutes.
As per the information shared by the Blue Origin website, the company plans to launch its passengers more than 100km (62 miles) above the Earth’s surface. This would allow them a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience microgravity.
This journey is set to take place just two weeks after Mr Jeff Bezos plans to step down as CEO of Amazon.
Instead, he will serve as executive chairman of the e-commerce giant he founded 30 years ago in his garage, allowing him “time and energy” to focus on other ventures.