Winning a ticket to fly into space with Jeff Bezos costs $ 28 million
An auction for space travel next month alongside Jeff Bezos and his brother ended with a winning bid of $ 28 million on Saturday.
The founder’s rocket company, Blue Origin, did not disclose the name of the winner following the live online auction. The identity will be revealed in a few weeks – closer to the brief top-down flight from West Texas on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing.
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This will be the first launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket with people on board, kicking off the company’s space tourism activities. Fifteen previous test flights of the reusable rocket and capsule since 2015 – short jumps lasting around 10 minutes – have all been successful.
Saturday’s auction followed more than a month of online auctions that reached $ 4.8 million on Friday. More than 7,500 people from 159 countries have registered to bid, according to Blue Origin. More than 20 bidders – the big guys – took part in Saturday’s auction.
Bezos announced Monday that he and his younger brother, Mark, would be aboard New Shepard’s first crew flight; the news quickly spurred the auction. The winning amount goes to Blue Origin’s Club for the Future, an educational effort to promote science and technology to young people.
The fully automated capsule can carry up to six passengers, each with its own large window. Blue Origin sales manager Ariane Cornell said following the auction that the fourth and final seat of the crew’s first flight would be announced soon.
Blue Origin has yet to open ticket sales to the public or disclose pricing.