That 10-minute ride through space is not going to be cheap. The first manned flight of the New Shepard spacecraft of Blue Origin, the company founded by Jeff Bezos, is expected to take place on July 20, and those who go inside will have to pay a lot of money for the privilege.
In fact, the auction to get a ticket, which began fifteen days ago, already allows to see how much the bids are for being the first space tourist of this unique project. The price is certainly very spacey, and the auction puts it right now at 2.8 million dollars, and is likely to rise much higher.
The auction of this bill consists of three phases. The first, which began on May 5, was “sealed” and the bid amounts could not be seen, so the bidding was blind. Since yesterday the bidding is “unsealed” and online, which allows us to see the value of the bids.
At the time of writing, the bidding is already 2.8 million dollars, but there is still a long way to go before the process ends. Next June 10 is the deadline for unsealed auctions, but two days later there will be a live auction that will definitively determine who gets the ticket to be one of the crew members of the first space tourism trip of the Blue Origin spacecraft.
On the company’s website they explain that the money from the auction will be donated to the Blue Origin foundation called ‘Club for the Future’, which aims to “inspire future generations to pursue STEM careers and help invent the future of life in space.”
It will be interesting to see how much that space ticket will fetch, but what is clear is that being a space tourist will be available to very few for quite some time.