Jeff Bezos will be on board Blue Origin’s first crewed space flight

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Jeff Bezos and his New Shephard rocket

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Jeff Bezos will be on board Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket when the company launches its first crewed space flight on 20 July.

The billionaire and CEO of Amazon, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, will be joined on the flight by his brother, Mark Bezos, he announced on Instagram.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” he wrote. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”

New Shepard has flown 15 test flights since its first launch in 2015, all of them without crew. The planned flight will take it about 100 kilometres above the ground, marking the edge of space, where the six-seater crew capsule will detach.

The capsule will float for about 3 minutes in microgravity, where the crew can unbuckle their seats, before coming down to land about 10 minutes after launch.

Last month, Blue Origin announced that it was auctioning one ticket for the flight, with proceeds going to its Club for the Future foundation. The bidding currently stands at $2.8 million, with the auction set to conclude on 12 June.

The company is reportedly planning to sell tickets for future New Shepard flights for a price between $200,000 and $300,000.

“I wasn’t even expecting him to say that he was going to be on the first flight, and then when he asked me to go along I was just awestruck,” Mark Bezos said in a video posted on Instagram.

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