Blue Origin has begun selling tickets for flights on the New Shepard rocket

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Blue Origin recently announced that on May 5, the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s flight into space, it will begin selling tickets for its space tours. The ticket price was not given, but most were betting that, like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin would set it at around $ 250,000. dollars per flight.

The company chose to take a different route for the time being and announced a one-seat auction on New Shepard’s first manned flight, scheduled for July 20. This means that the company’s representatives will probably sit on the remaining five seats in the capsule. I wonder if Jeff Bezos will be among them.

The auction was divided into stages. From 5 to 19 May, offers will be made invisible to others, which will then be disclosed, and people who want to stay in the game will submit more, seeing how many competitors are offering. The final part of the auction will take place on June 12, with the required presence of on-line bidders and the “live” auction. The money will go to the account of the Club for the Future foundation established by Blue Origin. It is still unknown how much regular flights will cost.

What Bezos offers

What will the winner get for probably considerable money? 10-minute sub-orbital flight to an altitude exceeding the Karman line, i.e. over 100 km. During this time, the rocket will reach Mach 3 speed, after the crew capsule disconnects, people traveling with it for about 3 minutes will experience a stay in microgravity conditions.

Around 4 minutes of flight, the capsule will reach its apogee and begin to descend freely. One minute before the end of the flight, the parachutes will open. The New Shepard rocket itself, like the first Falcon 9 units, will in the meantime return to Earth and land.

It should be noted here that New Shepard will not match the “old” Shepard, who reached an altitude of 187 km during the “Mercury-Redstone 3” mission. On the other hand, rival Virgin Galactic is likely not to cross the Karman line, and therefore its customers will not be considered astronauts everywhere.


Blue Origin, you have to give it back to them, tested its racket very meticulously. Before the first manned flight, 15 successful flights of this rocket were made, of which only two ended in failure. The last 14 launches took place without any problems, during which three attempts were also made to the emergency capsule launch procedure.

The New Shepard is a reusable suborbital rocket powered by a single BE-3 engine with a thrust of 490 kN. It is powered by liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. The capsule can take up to 6 crew members and is distinguished by large glass surfaces, which allow for perfect observation of the Earth and space for all participants of the flight. Its characteristic element is a retro-missile system that is activated a second before landing, which slows down the capsule before hitting the Earth to a speed below 2 km / h.

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