You can bid to fly into SPACE on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket ship but you’ll have to spare at least $4.8M for a seat
It will take a multi-millionaire to join billionaire mogul Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark on July 20 when they launch into space aboard his Blue Origin ship.
Already, pre-auction bidding to secure a spot on the six-seat New Shepard when it blasts off with the Amazon founder and CEO has reached a starting bid of nearly $5million, according to the aerospace manufacturer’s website.
A live auction will commence on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time with an opening bid of $4.8 million, Blue Origin confirmed.
The fortunate extraterrestrial victor will tag along with the Brothers Bezos as they try to accomplish an 11-minute flight into orbit.
That means whoever secures a seat is going to be plunking down nearly $500,000 per minute in space to float 62 miles (100 km) above Earth.
The deep-pocketed set who have sought to bid for the four remaining seats on the rocket-and-capsule combo have entreated interest from 143 countries and more than 6,000 determined average Joe and Jane astronauts.
Proceeds from the winner who notches the seat will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, which is a STEM-sourced learning effort to inspire children to “invent the future of life in space.”
“I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life,” Jeff Bezos said as an image of him as a kid shows him attempting to go down a space-themed playground slide.
A stunned Mark then chimed in: “I wasn’t even expecting him to say that he was going to be on the first flight.”
Bezos established Blue Origin back in 2000 in Kent, Washington as an American privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services.
It employs 3,500 workers and is seeking to conquer space in an affordable and cheaper way by using reusable vehicles.
The New Shepard is set to launch and land in West Texas.
It’s shaped like a capsule features six observation windows that the company claims are three times as tall as those on a Boeing 747 jetliner and the largest ever used in space.
"The view will be spectacular," Blue Origin's Director of Astronaut Sales, Ariane Cornel said during a previous briefing.