The US billionaire wants to fulfill a dream after retiring as Amazon boss. His brother should also be there on the trip into space.
Jeff Bezos plans to step down as CEO of Amazon on July 5th.
15 days later, the billionaire wants to explore space.
The roughly ten-minute flight should bring the crew to a height of just over 100 kilometers.
Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos wants to fly into space. «I’ve dreamed of going into space since I was five. On July 20, I’ll take this trip with my brother, ”Bezos wrote on Instagram on Monday.
The founder of the online mail order company published a video in which he raved about his fascination for space and asks his brother if he would like to come with him on the flight of his space company Blue Origin, for which Bezos also had a place in space -Tourist auctioned.
The last bid for a seat in the astronaut capsule, which has large panoramic windows and can accommodate six people, is 2.8 million dollars (2.3 million euros). The auction runs until June 12th.
Blue Origin founded 20 years ago
The roughly ten-minute flight should bring the crew to a height of just over 100 kilometers. Several other companies and space agencies have already launched tourists into space. The company left open on Monday who should take a seat in the remaining vacant seats.
Bezos founded Blue Origin around 20 years ago. In mid-April, the company had last tested its “New Shepard” rocket with an astronaut capsule. It reached an altitude of around 105 kilometers before returning to Earth.
For the first time, employees of the company also rehearsed some astronaut tasks before take-off and after landing. The actual test flight, however, remained unmanned – the “New Shepard” has never flown with people on board.
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(DPA / for)