“Join us July 11th for our first fully crewed rocket-powered test flight and the beginning of a new space age. The countdown begins,” the company wrote on its Twitter page.
Amazon Inc founder Jeff Bezos is also going to make a spaceflight onboard the New Shepard spaceship, which is scheduled for July 20.
Bezos chose July 20 as his West Texas launch date — the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He assigned himself to the flight just a month ago, the final stretch in a yearslong race to space between the two rich rocketeers.
Amazon’s founder will be on Blue Origin’s debut launch with people on board, accompanied by his brother, the winner of a $28 million charity auction and Wally Funk, and one of the last surviving members of the Mercury 13.
Funk, at age 82, will become the oldest person to launch into space when Blue Origin takes its turn.