WASHINGTON: Jeff Bezos‘ Blue Origin will send its first group to space on July 20 and is offering one of the seats to the winner of an online auction, the organization said Wednesday.

The trip will last a total of ten minutes, four of which travelers will spend over the Karman line that marks the recognized limit between Earth’s atmosphere and space.

“We´ve been perfecting our ability to launch, land and repeat,” a video going with the declaration said.

“Our next launch will be the first time astronauts will fly aboard New Shepard.”

The reusable suborbital rocket framework was named after Alan Shepard, who sixty years ago on Wednesday turned into the first American in space.

New Shepard has effectively done 15 uncrewed trials launching from its facility in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas.

After lift-off, the capsule, which carries up to six group members, separates from its booster, at that point spends four minutes at an altitude exceeding 60 miles (100 kilometers), during which time those on board experience weightlessness and can notice the bend of Earth from space.

The booster lands autonomously on a pad two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the launch site, and the capsule float back to the surface with three enormous parachutes that bring it down to about a mile an hour when it lands.

Blue Origin said the offering will be unsealed on May 19 preceding a last stage live online auction on July 12 when the winner is announced.

The proceeds will go to the company´s foundation, Club for the Future, which aims to inspire people in the future to pursue careers in STEM.

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