July 26, 2021

Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin starts selling tickets for space tours

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  • Blue Origin posted a video announcing its plans to sell tickets to travel with its New Shepard rocket.
  • The company plans to release more details on future space tours on May 5th.
  • The planned space tours are likely to rival those of the Virgin Galactic company.

The space company “Blue Origin” of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to start selling tickets for space tours with the New Shepard rocket soon. The company announced its plans via video posting on Thursday and started a countdown on its website. This counts down until May 5th, as Blue Origin will then announce more details about the rides.

To find out more details about the planned space tours, you can register on the Blue Origin website. However, the company has not yet published any ticket prices. However, Bezos has stressed in the past that Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ride tickets will be competitively priced to compete with other space tourism companies. With Sir Richard Branson’s space company Virgin Galactic selling tickets for about $ 250,000 to approximately 600 passengers, Blue Origin’s space tour can be expected to cost similar prices.

The video announcing ticket sales shows Bezos visiting the New Shepard capsule after the company’s final test flight in early April. “People, how exciting it is – come on!” Said Bezos in the video, followed by a caption with “It’s time”. The video also shows Bezos driving around the rocket launch site in Texas in a Rivian electric truck with the Blue Origin logo.

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The eleven-minute New Shepard space tour will launch in an 18-meter-high rocket in the West Texas desert. It is intended to give tourists a glimpse into space by the rocket reaching a height of over 103 kilometers, as can be read on the company’s website.

The Blue Origin team stands in front of the capsule

The Blue Origin team stands in front of the capsule

Blue Origin

The capsule is equipped with windows designed to give passengers a full view of space while they linger in weightlessness for several minutes and finally return to Earth. The New Shepard is designed to carry six people. Blue Origin was founded by Bezos in 2000 with the goal of making access to space cheaper and more reliable through the use of reusable material for rocket launches.

The company has long been in competition with SpaceX, the company of Tesla boss Elon Musk. The two companies have similar goals when it comes to making space more accessible and creating a future for humanity beyond Earth.

Earlier this month, SpaceX beat Blue Origin and won a $ 2.9 billion contract with NASA to help the organization return to the moon. On Tuesday, Blue Origin protested the award of the contract to SpaceX and described NASA’s decision as “flawed” and “unfair”.

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