A ticket for the New Shepard spacecraft's first sub-orbital tourist flight was sold at an auction on Saturday for $28 million, Reuters reported. Billionaire Jeff Bezos, owner of the Blue Origin company that developed the ship, will also take part in the flight scheduled for July. The name of the auction winner has not been disclosed.
The telephone auction lasted seven minutes, and in the fourth time, the price of the auction ticket exceeded $ 20 million.
The New Shepard flight scheduled for July 20 will be a turning point in the development of tourist spaceflight, writes Reuters. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark will participate in the journey. The machine has already passed the tests without human intervention.
Bezos, currently the richest man in the world, is racing against fellow billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson, who are also developing commercial space flights. Branson may join the test flight of the VSS Unity spacecraft developed by his company Virgin Galactic in early July, writes Reuters.
New Shepard will ascend about 100 km above the Earth, and the participants of the flight will experience weightlessness for a few minutes.
Saturday's bidding was preceded by an online auction held for a month, during which the starting price was set. Over 6,000 people took part in the action. people from 143 countries around the world, the initial price was finally set at 4.8 million dollars. The proceeds from the auction of the first space travel ticket are to be donated to charity.
In 2018, Reuters reported that Blue Orgin plans to sell space travel tickets for at least 200,000. dollars. The representatives of Virgin Atlantic talked about a similar price. According to UBS, the commercial space travel market will reach $ 3 billion a year by 2030. Blue Orgin, Virgin Atlantic and Muska SpaceX are also considering using their vehicles for fast travel between distant cities on Earth. (PAP)