Jeff Bezos said he would go to the time when his company, Blue Origin, launched the first space mission to carry passengers, next month.
The 57-year-old billionaire, who plans to travel with his brother Mark, announced the news on Monday in an Instagram post. The launch is scheduled for July 20, about two weeks after he plans to step down as CEO of Amazon.com Inc.
"Ever since I was five years old, I have dreamed of traveling in space," Bezos said in the post. "On July 20, I will make this trip with my brother. The biggest adventure, with my best friend. "
Blue Origin is one of many high-profile space tourism companies backed by a wealthy entrepreneur, along with Space Exploration Technologies Corp. by Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. supported by Richard Branson.
Blue Origin is auctioning off a seat on the New Shepard rocket for the July 20 flight, an 11-minute journey that will reach an altitude of about 100 kilometers (62 miles). This post in flight is the only one available for purchase and the proceeds will be donated to the Blue Origin Foundation, the Club for the Future, which promotes math and science education.
The company has previously stated that clients will have a four-day experience, including three days of training in the city Van horn in Texas. Blue Origin has built many accommodations in the area, including a cafeteria.
Bezos plans to hand over the reins of Amazon to Andy Jassy on July 5, who will take over as CEO.
Source of information: bloomberg.com