New Shepard Blue Origin rocket prepares to lift off from the launch pad carrying Jeff Bezos with his brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old Oliver Damon and 82-year-old Wally Funk, prepare for launch on July 20, 2021. 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 Tuesday.
“The demand is very, very high,” Bezos said in a Blue Origin presentation after his first crewed flight.
The company has not disclosed the prices of the seats of its New Shepard rocket. The only indication of Blue Origin’s pricing structure is a public auction the company held for a seat with Bezos on his first flight, which went for $28 million. That’s a manifold of the $200,000 to $500,000 range Blue Origin’s suborbital space tourism competitor Virgin Galactic has offered for seats on its future flights.
Bezos said Blue Origin is “going to fly two more manned missions this year” but added that he is “not sure yet” how many crewed New Shepards the company will launch in 2022.
“We’ll figure that out,” Bezos said, adding that the company wants to launch at a “very high” rate in the future.
Blue Origin currently has two New Shepard rocket boosters at its facility in Texas, one for research cargo flights and the other for passenger flights.
“We really want to practice with this vehicle, so we have to make more boosters … to fly more often,” Bezos said.
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