The tourism sector is constantly evolving, and this evolution is supported by the development of advanced technologies and science. Space travel for leisure purposes will soon be a reality, as Jeff Bezos is proving by taking part in the first passenger flight on 20 July aboard the "New Shepard" rocket developed by Blue Origin, his space company.
It was only a draft project a few years ago, but it will become a reality this summer. The first tourist space trip will take place on 20 July 2021 thanks to the company Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon. The billionaire will not be taking the trip alone, but will be accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos and the winner of the trip's auction.
Since I was five years old, I've dreamed of going into space. On 20 July, I will be taking this trip with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO and founder of Blue Origin
The project, although controversial, is still of great interest to many people, as illustrated by the number of participants in the auction to win the third ticket, with nearly 6,000 from 143 different countries chasing the prize. However, the auction is not over yet, it will end on 12 June. By then, the amount of money at stake could still increase considerably. The money raised will go to the Club for the Future Foundation, set up by Blue Origin, which aims to encourage the younger generation to pursue careers in science.
Jeff Bezos announced his participation in this first flight on Monday 7 June, via a post on his Instagram account where he can be seen announcing the news to his brother while inviting him to come along. This post is obviously strategically thought out as competition between the various space companies is increasing. The SpaceX group led by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, and the Virgin Galactic company created by Richard Branson are also in the race for recreational space travel. So far, Blue Origin's rocket, named "New Shepard", has successfully completed 15 tests above the Karman line, the line that marks the beginning of space according to international convention, 100 km above the Earth. However, the flight on 20 July will be the first with humans on board.
For Virgin Galactic, the start of regular commercial operations is planned for 2022. Richard Branson could also take part in a test flight this summer, but no date has yet been confirmed. Virgin Galactic has already sold nearly 600 tickets with prices ranging from $200,000 to $250,000. While auctions for Blue Origin's third flight ticket have reached $2.8 million. Nevertheless, it is Elon Musk's company that is currently ahead in the field of satellites and space missions.