The founder of Blue Origin and Amazon ,Jeff Bezos will become the second billionaire to ride his own rocket on Tuesday..Jeff Bezos is about to soar on his space travel company’s first flight with people on board.
The founder of Blue Origin as well as Amazon on will become the second billionaire to ride his own rocket on Tuesday . He’ll launch from Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is set to blast off with its eclectic group of passengers on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
West Texas with his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer from Texas the youngest and oldest to ever hurtle off the planet.
The capsule is fully automated, so there’s no need for trained staff on the quick up-and-down flight, expected to last just 10 minutes.
Bezos’ dream-come-true trip follows 15 successful test flights to space by New Shepard rockets since 2015, all of them unoccupied. If successful, Blue Origin plans two more passenger flights by year’s end.
The company has yet to open ticket sales to the public and is filling upcoming flights with those who took part in last month’s $28 million charity auction for the fourth capsule seat.
Bezos’ younger brother Mark and Wally Funk also flying one of 13 female pilots who went through the same testing back in the early 1960s as NASA’s Mercury astronauts, but failed to make the cut because they were women.
Not everyone in the remote, desert town of Van Horn was excited about the drama unfolding 25 miles to the north.