If you are a cosmic and a millionaire, you just missed a golden opportunity to explore space alongside Amazon Billionaire.
Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is going into space on July 20 on a reusable rocket made by his space exploration company, Blue Origin. So is his younger brother Mark And now, pledging $28 million, a mystery bidder has won an auction to join them on the suborbital ride. The mission is estimated to last about 11 minutes.
The ticket to go into space next month with Jeff Bezos went for almost $30 million, including the commission, in a charity auction Saturday, said Blue Origin LLC, the space company founded by the billionaire.
Bidding started at $4.9 million on Saturday and rapidly jumped to $10 million before four bidders raced to lift the price to $28 million. The winning bid is increased by 6% buyers’ fee bringing the total cost to $29.7 million. The event drew 7,600 bids from 159 nations, according to Blue Origin.
The lucky winner wasn’t revealed because of some paperwork needed to be done and according to Blue Origin, is expected to be revealed in upcoming two weeks.
Mr. Bezos said in an Instagram post-Monday that he will be one of the inaugural passengers on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft, during its first crewed flight scheduled for launch from West Texas on July 20. Mr. Bezos, 57 years old, said that his brother, Mark Bezos, will also be on board.
“I want to go on this flight because it’s a thing I’ve wanted to do all my life,”
“It’s an adventure. It’s a big deal for me.”Jeff Bezos on Instagram
Source: The Wall Street
According to the Wall Street Journal, The New Shepard is autonomous, without any pilot, and the winning bidder will have just six weeks to prepare for the mission. Passengers must sign a form waiving their right to sue Mr. Bezos’s Blue Origin in the event of an accident.
The company said minimal training is required, and they don’t have to pass a medical, only complete physical requirements including being able to run to the top of the company’s launch tower about seven flights of stairs in 90 seconds and fit into a spacesuit. Passengers will be allowed to unbuckle and move around the cabin during the weightless period, Blue Origin said.
It must be a hell of a ride for Bezos and his companions. In future we all would be able to explore space with the help of this technology era. However, these fights are too expensive and some analysts expect flights to cost as much as $500,000 for a brief up and down that includes several minutes of weightlessness.
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