We are now living in a generation where civilians are about to experience trips into space, thanks to billionaire philanthropist Jeff Bezos and his relentless nature to push the limits of possibility. We can all agree that travelling to space is far from luxurious in terms of comforts, but is a luxury in its own right.
Jeff Bezos became a household name for the empire he has built around Amazon, but soon, his name will be synonymous with outer space tourism and exploration.
His space venture Blue Origin auctioned off a seat on its upcoming first crewed spaceflight for $28 million.
The winning bidder, whose name wasn’t released, will fly to the edge of space with the Amazon founder and his brother Mark on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket scheduled to launch on July 20.
Bidding opened at $4.8 million but surpassed $20 million within the first few minutes of the auction. The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and to help invent the future of life in space.
For anyone considering embarking on a space tour with Blue Origin, safety and the guarantee of coming back to earth are major factors to be considered. Blue Origin gives us the reassurance that they have been flight testing the New Shepard rocket and its redundant safety systems since 2012. The program has had 15 successful consecutive missions including three successful escape tests, showing the crew escape system can activate safely in any phase of flight.
Blue Origin was created with the vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. In order to preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes that humanity will need to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space.
Blue Origin is working on this today by developing partially and fully reusable launch vehicles that are safe, low cost and serve the needs of all civil, commercial and defence customers.
If Blue Origin finds their stride through a series of safe flights to space, we can all expect that the price of a seat on their vessels will come down considerably from $28 million.
Being in the luxury travel industry for many years, our team at Cevalon are eagerly looking forward to the growth of space tourism, as it is within our company’s values to constantly anticipate and provide our clients with the most unique experiences available.
Are you looking forward to a trip into space in this lifetime?
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