World’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos as part of a history-making crew on Tuesday has launched into outer space riding his own rocket New Shepard aboard made by his company, Blue Origin as launch vehicle.
The American billionaire’s strategy is a key moment for a fledgling industry seeking to usher in a new era of private space travel.
He flew from a desert site in West Texas at 14:12 GMT+1 on an 11-minute voyage to the edge of space, accompanied by Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race, and an 18-year-old student.
This comes nine days after the British billionaire, Richard Branson made his voyage.
Bezos is due to fly higher at 62 miles (100 km) for Blue Origin compared to 53 miles (86 km) for Virgin Galactic.
Bezos, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index has a net worth of $206 billion. He stepped down this month as Amazon CEO but remains its executive chairman.