Blue Origin to Auction Off Seat for July Flight to Space Written 6 May 2021


Blue Origin's New Shepard | Credit: Blue Origin; NASA

ABC News reports that Blue Origin “said Wednesday it has opened an online auction for one of six seats aboard the New Shepard, its suborbital vehicle designed for space tourism, for the July 20 flight.” After “completing 15 consecutive missions to space and back with New Shepard, the company said it is ready to fly its first civilian passenger from its remote Van Horn, Texas, launch site.” The flight “will last between 10 and 12 minutes, during which the capsule will pass” the Karman Line – “the internationally recognized line of space.” After passing the Karman Line, “the astronauts will be able to unbuckle their seatbelts and float in zero gravity for about three minutes,” according to Blue Origin Director of Astronaut and Orbital Sales Ariane Cornell.
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