Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is set to fly to space today on the first crewed flight of New Shepard, a rocket ship built by his space company Blue Origin.
Bezos – who recently stepped down as CEO of Amazon – will be one of six people on the flight.
The company’s six-seat capsule and 59-foot rocket will explode toward the edge of space on an 11-minute flight that will reach more than 60 miles above Earth.
Blue Origin has spent the better part of the last decade piloting New Shepard rockets through a series of successful test flights that are fully automated and thus far with no humans.
Some references: If all goes according to plan, Bezos – the world’s richest man with a net worth of $187 billion – will be the second of a billionaire space tycoon to experience aboard rocket technology, which he spent millions developing. have done. Richard Branson flew to space Earlier this month he boarded a supersonic space plane developed by his company Virgin Galactic.