Amazon founder and world's richest man Jeff Bezos has been counting down the days until he ventures into space for the first time, but it seems Sir Richard Branson wants to beat him there.
Blue Origin is Bezos’ space exploration company, taking on the likes of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
“The ‘Unity 22’ mission will be the twenty-second flight test for VSS Unity and the company’s fourth crewed spaceflight,” Virgin Galactic said in the announcement.
“It will also be the first to carry a full crew of two pilots and four mission specialists in the cabin, including the company’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, who will be testing the private astronaut experience.”
Bezos’ Blue Origin space flight
Bezos announced his intention to board the first manned Blue Origin flight on his Instagram where he said his brother would also be joining him.
“To see the Earth from space, that changes you, changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity,” Bezos said in the video.
“It's one Earth. I want to go on this flight because it's a thing I've wanted to do all my life. It's an adventure. It's a big deal for me.”
Blue Origin said the winning bid will be donated to its own foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM (*science, technology, engineering and maths) and help “invent the future of life in space”.