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BLUE ORIGIN LIVE AUCTION FOR SEAT ON JULY 20 NEW SHEPARD FLIGHT, June 12, 2021, virtual, 12:45 pm ET

Blue Origin is conducting an auction where the highest bidder will win a trip on the first New Shepard suborbital rocket flight with passengers (15 test flights have been conducted with no one aboard). The New Shepard capsule can accommodate six people.

Bids for the seat being auctioned have been accepted online for several weeks. On June 8, the high bid was $3.5 million for the 10 minute ride up and down to “space.” The capsule does not go into orbit.

On June 12, the final bids will be made in a live auction that Blue Origin will livestream on its website beginning at 12:45 pm ET.  Although the auction is live, bidders will remain anonymous.

The first passenger flight is schedule for July 20, 2021. Blue Origin founder and owner Jeff Bezos announced on June 7 that he and his brother Mark also will be on the flight. As of June 8, the company had not said who will fill the other three seats.

Blue Origin uses 100 kilometers (80 miles), the Karman line, as the demarcation line between air and space. That is the international standard. Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket boosts the capsule with the passengers to an altitude just higher than that. The capsule detaches from the rocket and both land separately on the plains of West Texas.

Others, including suborbital human spaceflight competitor Virgin Galactic and the FAA, use 80 kilometers or 62 miles as the line where space begins. That was the value in use at the time Alan Shepard — after whom Blue Origin’s rocket is named — became the first American in space on May 5, 196. Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell has published a useful explanation of how both the 100 kilometer and 80 kilometer definitions are calculated.

 

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Date:
June 12
Time:
12:45 pm - 11:00 pm