The New Shepard Blue Origin rocket prepares to lift-off from the launch pad carrying Jeff Bezos along with his brother Mark Bezos, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, and 82-year-old Wally Funk prepare to launch on July 20, 2021 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.
“The demand is very, very high,” Bezos said at Blue Origin’s presentation after its first crewed flight.
The company has not disclosed prices for seats on its New Shepard rocket. The only indication of Blue Origin’s pricing structure is a public auction the company held for a seat on its first flight with Bezos, which went for $28 million. That’s multiple times 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 is “going to fly human missions twice more this year” but said he’s “not sure yet” how many crewed New Shepard launches the company will attempt 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 do want to practice with this vehicle, so we’re going to have to build more boosters … to fly more frequently,” Bezos said.
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