Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai admitted that he is a little “jealous” of Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos for his upcoming space adventure on July 20. The Amazon founder and his brother, Mark Bezos, plan to fly on the much-anticipated first human flight of the New Shepard spacecraft, designed by Jeff’s space-exploration company, Blue Origin.
Bezos is expected to fly approximately 328,000 feet (about 100 kilometres) to the Kármán Line on New Shepard on the day that marks NASA’s Apollo moon landing anniversary. The rocket will take off from Blue Origin’s launch site in Guadelupe Mountains, West Texas.
Talking about Bezos’s upcoming space trip, Pichai mentioned in an interview with BBC, “Well, I’m jealous, a little bit”. The Indian-American CEO added he would also love to see how Earth looks from space.
The bidding for one of the six seats on the ship reached almost $30 million, with nearly 6,000 participants from over 143 countries.
Blue Origin’s flight will take place around a week after rival Virgin Galactic sent a crew including founder British billionaire Richard Branson on a 15-minute ride to the edge of space.
Now, in the ‘billionaire space race’, space companies like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s space firm – SpaceX are working on ways to make commercial space travel more regular for civilians.
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