Blue Origin, founder and CEO of Amazon, space company Blue Origin, is expected to hold a live auction for a seat on its reusable rocket that will fly into space on July 20. Blue Origin said more than 7,500 people from 159 countries have signed up to bid for the third berth – the first two are reserved for Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos – on New Shepard, a pitcher named after Alan Shepard , the first American to fly in space.
During a month-long three-phase auction process, which included sealed and unsealed online auctions in the first two, will end with a live auction on Saturday. According to Blue Origin, the current highest bid for a seat in New Shepard is $ 4.8 million, which means the winner of the live auction will likely have to pay more than $ 5 million.
The US space company said the amount of the winning bid will be donated to its foundation, Club for the Future, to “inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in the world. ‘space “.
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Earlier Monday, Jeff Bezos, in an Instagram post, announced he would travel to space with his brother, a dream he had had since he was five. “Seeing Earth from space changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It’s an Earth. I want to do this flight because it’s something I wanted to do. my whole life. It’s an adventure, it’s a big deal for me, “Bezos said in the video.
The launch of the New Shepard booster on July 20 will be a historic moment for U.S. companies striving to enter a new era of private commercial space travel. Although Blue Origin has not disclosed its pricing strategy for future trips, a Reuters report in 2018 suggested that the space company plans to charge passengers at least $ 200,000 for the trip, based on a market research and other considerations.
âPutting the richest man in the world and one of the world’s most recognized personalities in space is massive publicity for space as a field of exploration, industrialization and investment Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas told clients earlier this month.
The live auction for a seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT (10:45 p.m. IST) and run for a few minutes. The auction can be watched live on blueorigin.com and its YouTube channel.