Jeff Bezos sets to board to the edge of space on one of his own rockets


Jeff Bezos sets to become the first billionaire to board the space flight of Blue Origin rocket ahead of Elon Musk and Richard Branson

The billionaire says he and his brother will be on the New Shepard when it takes flight on July 20th, roughly two weeks after he steps down as CEO of Amazon.

A couple weeks after Jeff Bezos officially steps down as CEO of Amazon, he’ll leap into something more significant: riding to the edge of space on one of his own rockets, alongside his brother.

The plan is that Bezos, his brother Mark, and the winner of an online auction for Blue Origin’s nonprofit foundation will be on the New Shepard on July 20 — which is also the anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.

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Blue Origin, based outside Seattle, has successfully flown its autonomous New Shepard rocket and spacecraft to the edge of space 15 times. This flight would be a giant step forward for Bezos, who would become the first billionaire to go to space, as Elon Musk and Richard Branson have yet to set forth on rockets from their companies.

The flight would mark a significant milestone for the Blue Origin, but the company has lagged behind Musk’s SpaceX, which has won billions of dollars in NASA and Pentagon contracts and flies a more powerful rocket capable of taking people and supplies to orbit.


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