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Jeff Bezos is flying to space today and he is not nervous about it

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who would be heading to space for the first time ever, has said that he is not nervous but curious.

Story highlights
  • Jeff Bezos will fly to space in his New Shepherd spacecraft today.
  • Bezos will be accompanied by his brother and two other people.
  • Bezos' flight would take off around 8 am CDT (6:30 pm IST) from Blue Origin’s launch site.

The day has finally arrived when Ex-Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will fulfill his childhood dream and fly to space. Bezos, who would be heading to space for the first time ever, has said that he is not nervous but curious. Bezos had earlier announced that he would fly to space with his brother Mark and two other passengers to space on his company Blue Origin's inaugural suborbital flight. The spaceship would accommodate Bezos, his brother, a female pilot, who also happens to be the oldest in the lot and an 18-year-old boy, who paid an exorbitant amount to share the flight with Amazon co-founder.

"People keep asking if I'm nervous. I'm not really nervous, I'm excited. I'm curious. I want to know what we're going to learn," Bezos, founder of Amazon, was quoted by Reuters as saying. "We've been training. This vehicle is ready. This crew is ready. This team is amazing. We just feel really good about it," he said.

Bezos along with three other people will take off from a desert site in West Texas. It would be an 11-minute trip to the edge of space in his company Blue Origin's space New Shepard, which is a 60-foot-tall fully autonomous rocket-and-capsule combo. His flight would take off around 8 am CDT (6:30 pm IST) from Blue Origin's launch site, which is situated outside rural Texas town.

Bezos would be accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old female pilot Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Damean, who is a high school graduate. Funk, who is one of the passengers, was supposed to go to space 60 years ago, she also passed the necessary tests required but the only thing that hindered her journey to space was her gender. Oliver, on the other hand, is the only paid passenger to board the flight. The 18-year-old boy paid an exorbitant price of $28 million to fly to space with Bezos. He defeated over 7600 bidders from 159 countries to grab a seat in Bezos' spacecraft. His father reportedly has paid the hefty amount as he heads the investment management firm Somerset Capital Partners.

A couple of days before Bezos' flight to outer space, Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson flew to space on July 11. He boarded his company Virgin Galactic's Unity 22 flight from the Mojave Desert in New Mexico. Richard was accompanied by five crew members and one of them was India-born Sirisha Bandla.