The New Shepard Blue Origin missile is preparing to take off from the launch pad with Jeff Bezos along with his brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen and 82-year-old Wally Funk in Van Horn, Texas.
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VAN HORN, Texas – Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin has sold nearly $ 100 million worth of tickets for future passenger flights to the edge of space, the billionaire founder announced on Tuesday.
“Demand is very, very high,” said Bezos at the Blue Origin presentation after his first flight with a crew.
The company has not disclosed prices for seats on its New Shepard rocket. The only clue about Blue Origin’s pricing structure is a public auction the company held for a seat on its first flight on Bezos, which cost $ 28 million. That’s a multiple of the $ 200,000 to $ 500,000 range that Blue Origin’s suborbital space tourism competitor Virgin Galactic has charged for seats on its future flights.
Bezos said Blue Origin will “fly human missions twice more this year,” but said he was “not yet sure” how many crewed New Shepard launches the company will attempt in 2022.
“We’ll find out,” said Bezos, adding that the company plans to start at a “very high” rate going forward.
Blue Origin currently has two New Shepard rocket boosters at its Texas facility, one for research cargo flights and the other for passenger flights.
“We really want to practice with this vehicle, so we need to build more boosters … to be able to fly more often,” said Bezos.
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