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Spare ticket for spaceflight with Jeff Bezos auctioned for $28 million

June 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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What would you pay to take a jolting, 11-minute trip into suborbital space alongside Jeff Bezos? According to bidders in an auction that wrapped up Saturday, it's worth $28 million.

New York (CNN Business)What would you pay to take a jolting, 11-minute trip into suborbital space alongside Jeff Bezos?

The company kicked off the auction last month — before it was revealed that billionaire founder and Amazon mogul Bezos, along with his brother Mark Bezos, would be on board New Shepard's inaugural crewed mission.

Blue Origin, the rocket venture Bezos founded in 2000, has spent the better part of a decade testing New Shepard, the 60-foot-tall rocket and capsule system.

It will fmark the first time humans have flown aboard the fully autonomous New Shepard vehicle after 15 uncrewed test flights carried out by the company since 2015.

The $28 million price point the ticket sold for is far more than what Blue Origin's direct competitor, Virgin Galactic, has sold its tickets for.

But it's also far less than what it likely costs to go on a more immersive spaceflight, such as the orbital trips Elon Musk's SpaceX is offering that will allow people to spend days orbiting the Earth, or even stay aboard the International Space Station.

The flight profile of a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket is far different from that of an orbital SpaceX rocket.

New Shepard's suborbital fights hit about about three times the speed of sound — roughly 2,300 miles per hour — and fly directly upward until the rocket expends most of its fuel.

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