This week, Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin announced that it is ready to launch its first crew of astronauts to space on July 20, 2021, and it is even auctioning seats to the highest bidder.
This first tip on July 20 is unique in that the first person to take a “space tour” must be the highest bidder for the seat. Anyone can participate in the auction, but don’t expect it to be cheap. The proceeds then go to the Blue Origin foundation, Club for the future. It’s pretty neat if you really think about it. Someone could essentially bid for a flight to space as if they were bidding on sneakers on eBay.
Is it safe? Well, Blue Origin has successfully completed 14 test flights of its reusable “New Shepard” rocket since 2015, and now the company is confident to send paying customers above the clouds. That’s good enough for me. Now I just have to borrow some money so I can go on this trip, or to the moon with Space X.
If this maiden voyage goes as Blue Origin and Bezos expect, the company aims to offer regular space flights for tourists by the end of 2021.
via: Digital trends