Something that until recently seemed like an incredible idea is about to happen and Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard capsule will be able to transport six people to the edge of space. How much did the winning bidder of the auction pay for the ticket?
On July 20, New Shepard will fly its first astronaut crew to space, and Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin offered one seat on this first human flight to the winning bidder of an online live auction that took place today. How much was paid for the ticket?
The bidding process for the ticket was divided into three stages. The sealed online bidding process till May 19, where people could privately bid any amount on the auction website, the unsealed online bidding at which point everybody's bids will be made visible and participants who wish to continue to the final round will need to exceed the highest bid that was previously made and the final live auction.
The live auction took place today (June 12) at 1 p.m. EDT / 17:00 UTC and everyone could watch the live stream at BlueOrigin.com.
According to Blue Origin, more than 7.600 applicants from 159 countries tried to win the ticket since the auction launched five weeks ago, but less than 25 bidders were present in the final stage when $4.9 million was the starting bid.
After only 6 minutes, the winning bid was $28 million, plus a 6% buyer's commission, and the winner's name will be released in a couple of weeks, together with the name of the fourth, and final crew member.
The total amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space.
The launch date of the New Shepard capsule coincides with the 52 anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20, and that day Jeff Bezos' spaceship will fly its first crew of astronauts into space together with the founder of Amazon, his brother Mark, the auction winner and a fourth person that has not yet been revealed.