Blue Origin's First Space Tourism Flight Takes Off in July

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin announced yesterday (May 5th) that it's planning to have its first space tourism flight on July 20th.

One seat on that first suborbital flight on Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft will be given to the winning bidder of a five-week online auction, with proceeds to go the company's foundation.

Blue Orbit's goal is for its space tourism flights to send up six passengers more than 62 miles up into suborbital space, at which height they'll experience a few minutes of weightlessness and be able to see the curvature of the Earth through observation windows before returning. Blue Origin said yesterday that a couple more flights are planned before the end of the year, but didn't give details of what tickets would cost.

Reuters reported in 2018 that Blue Origin was planning to charge at least $200,000 per ticket, however, the news agency now notes that may have changed.

Source: Reuters
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