Jeff Bezos’ space company aims on July 20 for the first suborbital tourist trip with its New Shepard rocket, a landmark moment in a competition to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel.
Blue Origin, the space company of billionaire Jeff Bezos, revealed that the current highest bid to get a seat on the inaugural flight of its New Shepard spacecraft stands at $ 2.4 million as the second round of the auction.
The company said it received more than 5,200 bidders from 136 countries in the first round, but did not disclose the highest bid as that round closed.
The second round kicked off with an initial bid of $ 1.4 million, according to the Blue Origin website.
The process will run until June 10 and will conclude with a live online auction on June 12.
The company is aimed at July 20th for the first suborbital tour of its spacecraft, an iconic moment in a competition to usher in a new era of private commercial travel.
The New Shepard rocket and capsule combination is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 100 km (62 miles) from Earth into suborbital space.
Reuters reported in 2018 that Blue Origin planned to charge passengers at least $ 200,000 for the trip, based on an assessment of Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.’s rival plans by billionaire Richard Branson and other considerations. although his thinking may have changed.
Five of the six seats on the first flight will be occupied by the astronauts Blue Origin plans to name later. Sixth place will be for the winner of the auction, if they meet the requirements, ie.
According to the small print, the winning astronaut must weigh between 50 kg (101 lbs) and 101 kg (223 lbs) and must be between 1.5 meters (5 feet) and 1.9 meters (6 feet 4 inches). of height.
Passengers should also be able to withstand forces of up to 3 g for a couple of minutes during the climb (or up to three times their weight) and five and a half times their weight (or 5.5 g) for a few seconds during the descent into the atmosphere, the company said.