Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin has found the first person who will fly to space with the billionaire tycoon and return to the company for the first manned space flight next month. Bezos, his brother Mark, the successful bidder and another person will fly on the New Shepherd rocket system, which will allow them to enjoy microgravity in space for a few minutes before taking them back to land. The bid price of the winning bidder is 28 million U.S. dollars (approximately Rs 20.5 billion), but the identity of the winning bidder is temporarily kept secret.
The auction was held on Saturday, and within four minutes, the bid exceeded the 20 million U.S. dollar (approximately 1.5 billion rupees) mark. The bidding ends seven minutes after the start. The company stated that the $28 million won in the bid will be donated to Blue Origin’s Foundation “Future Club” to help it inspire future generations to create the future of space life.
Blue Origin said in a statement that the names of the auction winners will be announced in the next few weeks after some formalities have been completed. Amazon CEO and space enthusiast Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 with the goal of sending humans to space. The company statement is accompanied by a video detailing the auction process.
Blue Origin’s reusable suborbital rocket system New Shepard will be launched from western Texas on July 20. This launch will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the US commercial space launch. Another billionaire tycoon Elon Musk has begun to send humans into space together with his SpaceX company. It is said that Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic is also fighting for space and may get there first.
In an Instagram post last week, Bezos announced in a video message that he will take the first space flight of Blue Origin with his brother Mark. “Looking at the earth from space, it has changed you, it has changed your relationship with this planet and with humans. This is an earth,” Bezos said in the video.
New Shepard is a 60-foot-tall reusable rocket that will reach the line of karma at 100 kilometers of average sea level, and then descend back to the earth. Everything is within 10 minutes and will provide passengers with a microscopic sightseeing experience. -Gravity for nearly three minutes.