The winning bid has reached $28 million on Saturday, June 12. But, who won?
Can you pay an amount of $28 million for a seat to space? One bidder from the Saturday bidding of Blue Origin space flight has made it happen. The unknown civilian offered the whopping price for a single seat in the space flight. Blue Origin sets to announce the name of the individual after few weeks.
Who wins the Bezos flight?
If you’re interested in space and technology stuff, you might already hear about Bezos’ proposal to get civilians to space, through his Blue Origin. Of course, the round-trip won’t be free and expected to be costing a lot. Well, the theories are correct.
For an amount of $28 million, an individual was able to win the bidding last Saturday, June 12. The same bidding video was posted on the company’s Youtube page. According to ABC News, the live auction only occurred within 10 minutes since it started. The starting bid was originally ranged at $4.9 million. When the bidding started, over 20 people joined the live auction for the seat.
But on the website, nearly 7,600 people from 159 countries registered to bid on a seat aboard the July 20 flight. Unfortunately, for other bidders, the last sold price was $28 million.
Ariane Cornell, Blue Origin’s director of astronaut and orbital sales, said ahead of the live auction, that the name of the winner of the seat will not yet be revealed as early as now since the person should first “complete some final paperwork with them.”
“But given the flight is just a couple of short weeks from today, you all will know very soon who the winner is,” she added.
First bidding price
Last month, Tech Visibility already reported about Blue Origin’s online bidding reaching $2.8 million. It was the first time that the company figured a lot of people are thrilled to join the auction, no matter how much will it cost them.
No reports indicate that the $2.8 million bidder and $28 million bidder were the same person, though.
Bezos to join the flight
Not only would you get a chance to fly out of space on the Blue Origin flight, but this is also the time wherein you will meet and even talk with Blue Origin and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. In a different report, the billionaire announced that he will also be part of the space flight, along with his brother, Mark Bezos.
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” the Amazon founder said in a social media post. “On July 20, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”
What will happen on the flight?
This is the first time that a private company is launching a non-astronauts flight for the public. Thus, making it a big deal in the history.
All members of the flight will have an opportunity to ride the New Shepard rocket. Once they’re already in space, the rocket will fly above the Karman Line– the internationally recognized line of space, at over 300,000 feet, or 62 miles.
The whole experience will last for only 11 minutes, but three minutes of that time will be spent on gravity. All of them will have chances to unbuckle their seats and experience what it feels like to be a real astronaut.