Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will take to space today on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket made by his space company, Blue Origin.
Bezos – who recently stepped down as CEO of Amazon – will be one of six people on board.
The company’s six-seat capsule and 59-foot rocket will head to the edge of space on an 11-minute flight that will reach more than 60 miles above Earth.
Blue Origin has spent most of the past decade operating the New Shepard rocket through a series of successful test flights that have been fully automated and, so far, have not carried any humans.
A little background: If all goes according to plan, Bezos – the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 187 billion – will be the second of the billionaire space moguls to experience a ride aboard the tech rocket that he has invested millions in development. Richard Branson flew into space earlier this month aboard a supersonic space plane developed by his company, Virgin Galactic.