In a video posted to his Instagram, Jeff Bezos stated, “I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life.”
The winner of an auction for one of the seats, as well as Bezos’ brother Mark, will join him. As of Monday morning, five days before the auction finishes, the highest bid is $2.8 million.
In the video, Mark Bezos says, “I wasn’t even expecting him to say that he was going to be on the first flight.” “What a remarkable opportunity, not only to have this adventure but to do it with my best friend.”
Blue Origin’s New Shepard space tourism system, which consists of a rocket that delivers a capsule to the edge of space, has completed more than a dozen successful test flights without passengers, including one in April at the company’s Texas desert site.
New Shepard is meant to transport up to six people on a journey to the edge of space, with earlier test flights reaching altitudes of over 340,000 feet (more than 100 kilometers). The capsule has large windows to provide passengers with a view while in zero gravity for a few minutes before returning to Earth.
The booster detaches and lands on a nearby concrete platform after the rocket launches vertically. A series of parachutes slows the capsule’s return before it softly lands in the desert.
“To see the Earth from space, it changes you,” remarked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “It’s an adventure; it’s a big deal for me.”
Bezos launched Blue Origin in 2000 and still owns 100% of the corporation, which he funds with Amazon stock sales.
The Apollo 11 lunar landing will be commemorated on July 20th for the 52nd time.
15 years of non-stop fighting
Jeff Bezos’ new move continues to spark a 15-year war between the world’s two leading billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
In the past, the two richest billionaires in the world have repeatedly expressed disagreements both on Twitter and in interviews with the press.
Jeff Bezos focused on putting humans on the Moon and called Elon Musk’s ambitions to reach Mars is “un-motivating.” And Musk often calls Bezos a “copycat,” criticizing Blue Origin for growing too slowly as well as Bezos being too old.
The war of words between two American tech billionaires began at a dinner in 2004.
Bezos is the richest person in the world, owns Amazon – a multi-industry empire and participates in efforts to plan to send people to the Moon with Blue Origin. Musk is the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, who has always dreamed of autonomous electric vehicle projects and sending people to space.
Bezos and Musk’s strained relationship has not improved for many years, even heating up with the squabbles on Twitter.
The source of all friction later began in the 2000s, when Jeff Bezos was not yet the “giant” in the technology industry as it is today. He founded Amazon in 1995 and sold shares to the public for the first time in 1997. Years later, Amazon became a leading corporation with Prime, the streaming service, and Amazon Web Services, the cloud platform.
Bezos has always been interested in conquering space. Immediately after graduating valedictorian in 1982, he aspired to build extraterrestrial bases for millions of people. Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 to pursue this goal.
Elon Musk has been a millionaire since the early 2000s, but then Tesla was not yet formed. By the time Bezos founded Blue Origin, Musk had sold startup Zip2 to Compaq for nearly $300 million and was building PayPal, which would later bring in $1.5 billion when it was transferred to eBay.
Musk raised $160 million in PayPal and used that money to found SpaceX in 2002. “In the beginning, I actually wouldn’t even let my friends invest because everyone would lose their money. I thought I’d rather lose my own money,” Musk recalled in a 2018 interview.
The Musk-Bezos rivalry began when the two CEOs met and had dinner together in 2004. Both Blue Origin and SpaceX were in their infancy at the time, with no launches yet. That hasn’t stopped tensions from escalating as the two disagree over ambitions to develop a reusable rocket.
“I actually did my best to give good advice, which he largely ignored,” Musk described the meeting. The two CEOs rarely clashed after that, but the situation heated up when the two sides sought to rent a NASA rocket launch site in 2013.
SpaceX wants exclusive use of a NASA launch pad, while Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance have filed a petition calling on the US government to prevent this from happening. Bezos proposed making it “into a commercial spaceport available to all launch companies.”
Musk called the move a “phony blocking tactic” and criticized Blue Origin: “[Blue Origin] has not yet succeeded in creating a reliable suborbital spacecraft, despite spending over 10 years in development. If they do somehow show up in the next five years with a vehicle qualified to NASA’s human rating standards that can dock with the Space Station, which is what Pad 39A is meant to do, we will gladly accommodate their needs,” Musk said.
SpaceX then acquired the rights to use NASA’s 39A launch pad.
In 2014, the two companies continued to fight over copyright when Blue Origin was granted the right to patent an unmanned ship used to receive rocket boosters back to Earth. SpaceX seeks to reverse this license because it will have to pay Blue Origin if it wants to deploy the same vehicle.
SpaceX thinks this technology is not new and the concept of unmanned ships has been around for decades. The judge agreed with this argument, causing Blue Origin to withdraw most of the copyrighted content.
Musk and Bezos have often shown confrontation publicly recently, mainly on Twitter. Both attacked each other around rocket reuse technology. Bezos posted a video praising Blue Origin after the company successfully landed the New Shepard rocket in 2015. Immediately, Musk confirmed that SpaceX had done it three years ago.
The head start doesn’t just stop at space ambitions. Musk expressed displeasure with the way Blue Origin recruits and mocked Bezos many times in interviews, saying that rivals have repeatedly tried to win SpaceX employees.
“Blue Origin does these surgical strikes on specialized talent offering like double their salaries,” Musk told the biographer. history Ashlee Vance in 2015, adding that SpaceX included the words “blue” and “origin” in the email filter.
When asked by a BBC reporter about Bezos in 2016, Musk replied: “Jeff who?”
The SpaceX boss also often makes interesting statements on Twitter, including statements aimed at the CEO of Blue Origin. He frequently called Bezos a “copycat,” especially after Amazon announced plans to launch an Internet satellite and buy the self-driving taxi company Zoox. In 2019, Musk continued to criticize Bezos after Blue Origin announced the design of an all-terrain vehicle running on the Moon called Blue Moon.
For his part, Bezos has shown little hatred for Musk and SpaceX but has also repeatedly hinted at the rival’s plans, especially Musk’s biggest ambition is to send people to live on Mars.
Bezos focused on sending a man to the Moon and described the idea of reaching Mars as “un-motivating.” “Go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year first and see if you like it, because it’s a garden paradise compared to Mars,” the Blue Origin boss said in 2019. When introducing Blue Moon, Bezos also suggested mentions SpaceX’s Mars ambitions with the words “far, far away”.
Musk seemed to attack Bezos again in an interview with the New York Times in July this year, referring to the age of the Amazon boss.
“The rate of progress is too slow and the amount of years he has left is not enough, but I’m still glad he’s doing what he’s doing with Blue Origin,” Musk said. The SpaceX CEO is 49 years old this year, while the Amazon and Blue Origin boss has turned 56.
Musk also has many comments about Amazon, saying that the corporation is showing a monopoly. After Amazon refused to release Alex Berenson’s controversial nCoV book, Musk tweeted to Bezos, calling it “insane” and calling for Amazon’s businesses to be split.
Amazon later said it had mistakenly removed the book and would reissue it.
Both Bezos and Musk continue to get rich while facing off against each other. The relationship between the two technology billionaires will likely be difficult to improve soon when both SpaceX and Blue Origin are submitting lander designs for the mission to return people to the Moon in 2024.