Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Has Many People Participating in an Auction for a Ticket to Space24th Mar 2022
The CEO of Blue Origin, Mr. Bob Smith, has recently said that thousands of people are auctioning for a ticket to fly into outer space. The company hasn’t yet revealed how much a rocket launch will cost, but a winning bid for a seat on the first mission came in at $28 million last year.
Demand for Blue Origin Launches
The CEO at a recent conference said that the company has been experiencing an ever-increasing demand for its spaceflights, so there’s a need to build additional rockets to meet it. Jeff Bezos‘ company intends to double the number of missions it had last year in 2022, from 3 to 6.
In December 2021, Blue Origin launched a rocket called New Shepard that managed to carry six people up to the edge of space. On board were the co-host of Good Morning America, Michael Strahan, as well as the eldest daughter of the prominent USA astronaut Alan Shepard, Laura Shepard Churchley. The Blue Origin rocket was named in honour of her father. The rocket launch was a success, and now the company is preparing to assert its leadership in the sector.
Rivals Catching Up
A current competitor to Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, has also been accumulating a lengthy waiting list of its own. The company recently revealed that around 600 people from over 50 countries had reserved their places to go on space voyages. Which will be the most successful company? Only time will tell whether it will be Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, or some other space company.