Going to the edge of space will be the next tourism hot spot.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, said his space agency Blue Origin plans to start sending people on space tours in 2018, according to The New York Times.
In two years, Blue Origin will take groups of six people on short trips that would allow them to experience weightlessness. All trips would launch from West Texas on the New Shepard rocket.
The company has yet to start taking deposits, but it’ll definitively be a pricey ticket. Bezos said thousands of people have already expressed interest in paying for a ride to the outer reaches of Earth’s atmosphere.
However, before taking payments, Blue Origin has to successfully test its new BE-4 engine, which will begin piloted test flights in 2017. The company has already successfully launched, landed and relaunched its unmanned rockets — putting Blue Origin one step ahead of the competition.