Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his brother will fly to space next month with the first spaceflight from their rocket company Blue Origin, the billionaire said on Monday. “I’ve dreamed of traveling to space since I was five. On July 20, I’ll be taking that trip with my brother,” Bezos said in an Instagram post. Blue Origin opened the first round of the auction last month and said it had received more than 5,200 bidders from 136 countries, without disclosing the highest bid from the round.
According to Blue Origin’s website, the current highest bid in the second round of the auction was $2.8 million. (www.blueorigin.com) The process will continue till June 10 and will end with a live online auction on June 12 in the final phase. The company is targeting July 20 for its first suborbital sightseeing tour on its spacecraft, a historic moment in the competition to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel.
Based on evaluations of rival plans from billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. and other ideas, Blue Origin was planning to charge passengers at least $200,000 for the ride, though its thinking may have changed.