Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is Auctioning off a Seat on its First Space Tourism Flight
If travelling to space is on your bucket list, Jeff Bezos may be helping you tick that off.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, announced Wednesday that its first flight, designed to carry up to six people a time, will take place on July 20 and one seat will be auctioned off.
The Blue Origin auction will be held in three phases. During the first phase of the auction, from May 5 to May 19, people can bid on any amount on their website. After May 19, the bids will be open, and on June 12, a live auction will determine the winner.
Blue Origin said the money raised will be donated to Club for the Future, its own foundation that promotes STEM education initiatives.
Although Blue Origin didn’t tell us how much these additional seats would cost, the tickets are likely to run in the thousands of dollars.
Unlike orbital flights, the New Shepard rocket will not circle the Earth, but passengers will experience a moment of weightlessness at an altitude of more than 62 miles above Earth before touching down on Earth.
Taking suborbital flights may be out of reach to most people except very wealthy individuals and celebrities, but the development heralds a new chapter for spaceflight as a whole.
The Blue Origin company is one of several companies hoping to take advantage of the nascent space tourism industry. It said tickets will likely be more than $250,000 each, but final pricing is yet to be announced.