Jeff Bezos plans an 11-minute ride into low orbit space


Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, along with his brother, Mark, is scheduled to launch into space on the New Shepard rocket in July. Bezos will be flying on the “first-ever” mission planned by his space exploration company, Blue Origin.

Bezos made the announcement on June 6th. And opened up an auction for a passenger on June 10th. The winning bidder pays $28 million for flying into space with the Bezos brothers. A fourth crew member is yet to be chosen.

This will be the first time the company has attempted a space flight. And the mission is scheduled to last only 11 minutes.

The Bezos New Shepard suborbital rocket system features a reusable rocket. And it has the capacity for six human passengers in its capsule.

Many of Blue Origin’s ideas sound familiar. Elon Musk’s company SpaceX developed and launched a series of Falcon reusable rockets.  And they announced in April they would be sending auction winner Jared Isaacman and his crew of citizen astronauts on a mission in September. Another auction winner, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, has booked a SpaceX trip to travel around the moon in 2023.

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