Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to send tourists into space ‘as early as this April’

Jeff Bezos is aiming to send passengers on the first space tourism flight as early as this April, it has been reported.

The Amazon billionaire's Blue Origin company is hoping to achieve the iconic milestone with its New Shepard rocket this year after completing a test flight of the rocket booster and capsule.

It is one if the last steps before sending its first crew into space.

Reports in the USA said the flight was the first of two "stable configuration" flights, meaning the company will avoid making major changes between one test and the next.

The second "stable configuration" is due to be launched by late February, with the hopes of the first crewed trip being sent up by April.

In December, Mr Bezos said Blue Origin plans to take the first woman to the moon's surface.

He wrote on Instagram: "This (BE-7) is the engine that will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon."

The billionaire founded Blue Origin in 2000 and Mr Bezos has been selling Amazon stocks to pump billions of dollars into the firm ever since.

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It could be on course for paid flights onboard the suborbital launch vehicle, but tickets for a coveted spot on the rocket will not come cheap in the race to be the first company to send tourists into space.

Although the company says its ticket pricing is yet to be determined, Mr Bezos previously suggested space tourists can expect to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars with sources estimated it will set you back between $200,000 and $300,000 (£146,000 to £219,000).

In October 2020, Mr Bezos, 57, managed to break a record with his New Shepard rocket ship.

Blue Origin marked the rocket's seventh consecutive flight – in turn breaking the record for the most reused spacecraft. The firm's goal is to one day have millions of people living and working in space.

Blue Origin declined to comment on the rocket's schedule.

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