The company said on Wednesday that Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will dispatch its first crew on July 20 and provide one of the seats for the winner of the online auction.
The trip will last ten minutes and four of the passengers will stay above the Kaman Line, which marks the recognized boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space.
A video attached to the statement said: “We have been improving our launch, landing and retransmission capabilities.”
“Our next launch will be the first flight of astronauts to New Shepard.”
The reusable suborbital rocket system is named after Alan Shepard, who became the first American in space on Wednesday sixty years ago.
New Shepard has successfully conducted 15 unmanned trials from its plant in Guadalupe Mountains, West Texas.
After lift-off, the space capsule that can accommodate up to 6 crew members is separated from the booster, and then stays at an altitude of more than 60 miles (100 kilometers) for 4 minutes. During this time, the crew feels weightless and can observe its curvature. . Earth in space.
The booster automatically landed on a mat two miles from the launch site, and the space capsule floated back to the surface with three large parachutes, and the speed of the landing dropped to about one mile per hour.
Blue Origin stated that the bidding will begin on May 19, and then before the final stage of the online auction where the winner is announced on July 12.
The proceeds will be used for the company’s Future Club Foundation, which aims to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM.
Blue Origin has not announced the price, but expects that its customers are mainly wealthy people.
Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, is also developing a spacecraft that can send customers into suborbital flights. Approximately 600 people have booked the flight at a cost of US$200,000 (approximately 15 million rupees) to 250,000 US dollars (approximately 18.4 billion rupees).
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning an orbital flight, which will cost millions of dollars and send people into space.