Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to fly to area; legal responsibility questions stay

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(Reuters) – Amazon’s billionaire founder Jeff Bezos mentioned on Monday he and his brother Mark will fly on the primary crewed area flight from his rocket firm Blue Origin subsequent month.

“Ever since I used to be 5 years previous, I’ve dreamed of touring to area. On July twentieth, I’ll take that journey with my brother,” Mr. Bezos, who is among the richest individuals on this planet, mentioned in an Instagram put up.

Mr. Bezos, who is because of step down as Amazon’s chief on July 5, will be a part of the winner of an public sale for a seat on the primary area flight from Blue Origin.

Mr. Bezos, fellow billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson have been investing billions of {dollars} on their rocket startups, however Mr. Bezos would be the first of the three to really journey into area on a rocket developed by his personal firm.

The Blue Origin spacecraft, which is about to hold Mr. Bezos and others, has undergone 15 check flights, none of which had any passengers onboard.

Blue Origin closed the primary spherical of the public sale final month and mentioned it had obtained greater than 5,200 bidders from 136 nations, with out disclosing the best bid from the spherical.

The present highest bid stood at $2.8 million within the ongoing second spherical of public sale, in accordance with Blue Origin’s web site.

Its New Shepard rocket-and-capsule combo is designed to autonomously fly six passengers greater than 62 miles above Earth into suborbital area, excessive sufficient to expertise a couple of minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the planet earlier than the pressurized capsule returns to earth underneath parachutes.

The capsule options six statement home windows and are almost thrice as tall as these on a Boeing 747 jetliner and the most important ever utilized in area, Blue Origin mentioned.

Mr. Bezos’s rocket startup is focusing on July 20 for its first suborbital sightseeing journey, a landmark second in a contest to usher in a brand new period of personal business area journey.

The startup was planning to cost passengers no less than $200,000 for the trip, primarily based on an appraisal of rival plans from Mr. Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc and different issues, Reuters reported in 2018, however its pondering might have modified.

International insurers as nonetheless within the early phases in relation to protecting liabilities surrounding area journey. Life insurers don’t ask about area tourism or exclude it from their protection.

“You’ll signal this waiver of legal responsibility and supplied there’s no gross negligence or willful misconduct, should you don’t survive, sadly, there’s in all probability no monetary restoration,” mentioned Richard Parker of Guarantee House, a unit of insurer AmTrust Monetary.



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