The name of the winner was not disclosed.
Participation in a space flight with billionaire Jeff Bezos sold at auction for $ 28 million. The name of the winner is not yet known. The flight is expected to take place on July 20.
Bids for the July 20 flight on the Blue Origin aerospace company’s New Shepard spacecraft with Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark at auction started at $ 4.8 million. Bids were raised in the last three minutes of the sale, writes The Guardian. Initially, about 7,600 people from 159 countries registered to participate in the auction. The winner, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, will go on a suborbital flight with Amazon founder Bezos and his brother Mark.
The capsule will carry up to six passengers, although the company has not yet announced who else will be on board.
Last week, Jeff Bezos, who will step down as CEO of Amazon 15 days before the flight, wrote on Instagram: “Since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of going to space. On July 20, I will go on this trip with my brother. The greatest adventure with my best friend.”
The flight comes amid growing competition among some of the world’s richest people. Bezos ‘ company, Blue Origin, is vying with Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies and Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.
Bezos spent about $ 1 billion a year from his Amazon fortune to fund Blue Origin.
According to the company, passengers must be between 5 feet and 6 feet 4 inches (1.52 m to 1.93 m) tall and weigh between 110 and 223 pounds (49 to 101 kg). They must also be able to climb seven flights of stairs to the launch tower in less than 90 seconds and sit strapped in the vehicle for 90 minutes without access to a toilet.
In addition, they must withstand gravitational forces 5.5 times the normal weight of a person during descent and three times the weight within two minutes of ascent.
The main task of Blue Origin projects is space tourism. The New Shepard capsule is equipped with large portholes, through which passengers can get a good view of extraterrestrial space, spending a few minutes in zero gravity before returning to Earth.
The company said the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Blue Origin Foundation, Club for the Future, whose stated mission is to “inspire future generations to pursue careers in Stem (science, technology, engineering, and math) and help invent the future of life in space.”
Blue Origin was founded by Jeff Bezos in 2000 and has already conducted some test flights. After nearly six years of testing the New Shepard rocket and capsule, Blue Origin said in May that it was preparing to send the first passengers in the capsule of its reusable suborbital spacecraft, named after Alan Shepard — the first American astronaut to make a suborbital flight.
The New Shepard spacecraft is a manned capsule that launches vertically using a single-stage reusable launch vehicle and then lands using parachutes. Equipped with an emergency rescue system and parachutes, the sealed capsule is designed for 6 people. After vertical acceleration by the launch vehicle, the capsule separates at an altitude of 40 km and ascends by inertia to an altitude of more than 100 km. In October 2020, the rocket with the cargo capsule ascended 106 km, after which the capsule and the return stage separated and landed separately. According to reports from Blue Origin, a successful test of the precision landing system will allow for long-term exploration of the Moon, as well as future flights to Mars.