Blue Origin, led by Jeff Bezos, plans to launch its ship to the edge of space for the first time with a crew on board. The flight is expected to take place on July 20, 2021, and one seat on New Shepard will be auctioned in support of the Club for the Future Foundation, which aims to attract future generations to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as the development of the idea of life in space. …
In a posting by Blue Origin, it says that applications will start on May 5 and will run until May 19. Applications are accepted on the official website of the company, and they will be anonymous, and no one will be able to see the proposed amounts. On the last day, Blue Origin will open access to all applications, and an online auction will take place on June 12.
On July 20th, #NewShepard will fly its first astronaut crew to space. We are offering one seat on this first flight to the winning bidder of an online auction. Anyone can place an opening bid by going to https://t.co/6DpTdTxo36… #GradatimFerociter pic.twitter.com/jBMFYX7xHg
– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) May 5, 2021
Today’s announcement by Blue Origin is timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the first American flight into space. It’s the culmination of more than a decade of testing, and the company is now poised to launch humans to the fringes of space in its reusable suborbital spacecraft. The company originally planned to start selling tickets in 2019, with the first human flight in 2020. Then sources reported that the cost of tickets would be from 200 to 300 thousand dollars.
The New Shepard, named after the first American to go into outer space, is designed to fly six people to an altitude of 100 km. This is a suborbital space where one can experience weightlessness for several minutes and see the curvature of the planet through huge windows. After that, the capsule with the passengers returns to the ground by parachutes, and the launch vehicle makes a vertical landing using the engines. She has successfully completed 15 tests since her first launch in 2015, but has never flown with a crew on board.
During the latest test earlier this month, Blue Origin actually did a rehearsal for a manned flight with people on board. The crew of four top managers of the company went through a series of pre-launch procedures before the start: ascent to the tower, landing in the capsule, closing the hatch and checking the connection with the center, which will maintain contact with the crew before and during the flight. Blue Origin employees then left the capsule and launch pad about 15 minutes before the rocket was launched.