The New Shepherd Blue Origin rocket prepares to launch Jeff Bezos from the missile trail carrying his brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old Oliver Timon and 82-year-old Wally Funk. Van Horn, Texas.
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Van Horn, Texas – Jeff Bezos‘The billionaire founder announced on Tuesday that space company Blue Origin has sold nearly $ 100 million worth of tickets for future passenger flights to the edge of space.
The company has not released pricing for seats on its new Shepherd Rocket. The only indication of Blue Origin’s price structure was a public auction for a seat on the first flight with the Bezos, which went for $ 28 million. This is many times more than the $ 200,000 to 000 500,000 charge for seats on its future aircraft by Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin’s space travel competitor.
Bezos said Blue Origin “is going to fly two more human trips this year”, but he is not yet sure how many new New Shepherds will try in 2022.
“We’ll figure it out,” Bezos said, adding that the company wants to launch at a “very high” rate in the future.
Blue Origin currently has two new Shepherd rocket boosters at its facility in Texas, one for research cargo aircraft and the other for passenger aircraft.
“We really want to train with this vehicle, so we need to build more boosters … fly more often,” Bezos said.