Van Horn/Texas. Take off, land and repeat: The weightless space perspective on our planet earth should be possible for all travel enthusiasts in the future. It is a long-awaited dream of the US multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos and his space company “Blue Origin” to enable people to take an unforgettable excursion into space. Commercial, of course. The clock is ticking – the tension is rising: under the slogan “It’s time”, the countdown is running on the company website for ticket allocation.
“Guys, how exciting is that – come on!”
On May 5, 2021 – at 6 p.m. – more details about the acquisition of the first seats on the New Shephard for the short trip to the universe will be published. The 57-year-old Amazon CEO, who is considered the richest man in the world, regularly raves about the upcoming announcement on his social channels.
The announcement video for the upcoming ticket sales shows Bezos visiting the New Shepard capsule after the last test flight in early April. “Guys, how exciting is that – come on!”
Four minutes of weightlessness
The New Shepard was named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to go into space. The US launcher is a reusable suborbital missile system that astronauts and tourists can use to move past the Kármán Line – the internationally recognized boundary of space.
Blue Origin describes the following possible itinerary on its website: In Van Horn, Texas, flight training begins for customers two days before take-off. The tourists learn how to behave in weightlessness and emergency situations. The crew enters the capsule 30 minutes before take-off. The New Shepard is equipped with windows that should allow passengers a full view of space.
110 seconds after take-off, the engine is switched off at an altitude of 40 km and the capsule is separated from the drive module. From an altitude of over 103 kilometers, there is the promised view of the earth. The flight should take a total of 10 to 11 minutes, of which about four minutes will be spent in weightlessness. The capsule and its occupants end up back in the desert a little further away.
The exact price of the flight tickets is still unknown
The exact ticket price is still a secret. Bezos has announced several times in the past that the cost of its future space tours should be competitive with other competitors.
With competitors selling Virgin Galactic tickets for around $ 250,000 to approximately 600 passengers, Blue Origin’s space tour can be expected to be priced similarly, Business Insider reports.