Maybe the reason Jeff Bezos had been getting jacked all these years was because he was planning a space trip. Yesterday in an Instagram post, Jeff Bezos announced that he will be on the inaugural crewed flight of Blue Origin, his aerospace company. The trip is scheduled for launch on July 20th, 15 days after Bezos steps down as CEO. Bezos said: “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space." His brother, Mark Bezos, who is a co-founder of private equity firm, HighPost Capital, will also be joining. There is room for four others and one of them will come from a charity auction: currently 6,000 participants and bidding has reached $3.2 million.
The trip will last 10 minutes and will only go in suborbit (lower than a full orbit), where a rocket takes the craft above the Karman Line (62 miles above sea level, where "space" begins) before the capsule returns to ground in a parachute. Suborbital flights don't require lengthy amounts of training, since crew members are only weightless for a few minutes. Bezos & Co will train for three days before flying. (my scuba diving training was longer...)
Elon Musk's, SpaceX and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, have also announced a number of trips to carry people to space. Richard Branson plans to join Virgin Galactic's 3rd crewed test flight later this year. SpaceX, meanwhile will go higher than both companies, and plans to carry passengers into orbit. Elon Musk has not detailed any set plans but has said in the past: "I would like to die on Mars—just not on impact."
Short Squeez Takeaway: SpaceX has been way more successful than Blue Origin when it comes to space travel, regularly launching its Falcon 9 rockets and taking astronauts to the International Space Station. It's also planning a trip to take billionaire, Yusaku Maezwa, on a trip to the moon. Recently SpaceX beat Blue Origin for a huge NASA contract to take astronauts back to the moon. This smells a lot like Jeff Bezos trying to one up Elon Musk, who has declared his life's mission to make life multi-planetary, not just take one 10 minute flight in sub-orbit.